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Here’s your 90 second AM devotional!
3 John 1:13,14
I have much to write to you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
The Apostle John wrote to his friend Gaius in his 3rd letter, and just like he did in his 2nd letter to the unnamed lady church leader he ends the short letter by saying, “I have to put my pen and paper down and say everything else that I have to say when we’re together. The information demands a one on one, face to face encounter.”
This brief verse was written some 2,000 years ago in a rather primitive time, compared to our present experience. Yet it mirrors a 21st-century issue. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve somehow passed on a message by way of texting or email or Facebook that was received by a friend or family member in a completely different way than I had intended. Each time it has happened, I’ve said to them or thought to myself … “Man I wish I would have been with them and looked into their eyes and delivered it the way I meant it. I’m sure there would’ve been no misunderstanding.” In a … “Get it done NOW world” … we have a tendency to Press “SEND” when we should’ve waited till we could deliver it in person. Why? Because some messages are better delivered by … “No Texting, Only Face-Time!”
I usually talk to you while I’m driving or reading or meditating on other things. But I know my best times with You have always been “One-On-One.” NO interruptions and NO desire to get the prayer out quick. Help me to practice the Latter more than the Former. Amen