While they are in our care we treat them like our own family.
Reference: “To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” 1 Timothy 1:2 NIV
Explore: We have quite a confusing family make up. I know there doesn’t seem to be such a thing as a nuclear family, but ours is far from it!
To start with my husband and I are in our late thirties and we have a 22 year old. Joy is a foster daughter and came to us when she was 13.
Then there is our almost 2 year old. While we are his primary carers and everyone assumes we are his parents, he is actually Joy’s.
Then we have our two blonde boys. Coming in at 7 and 8 years of age, these foster brothers have been with us for 3 years.
None of these treasures are biologically ours, but while they are in our care we treat them like our own family.
Application: Biological family is very important but there are also people who come into our lives who surpass friendship level. We connect with them on a higher level. Some people refer to these relationships as soul mates.
It seems that Paul had this relationship with Timothy. They had met through their faith and had a special bond which Paul connected to that of family.
These kind of relationships are not to be taken flippantly. We are blessed with family and even more blessed by adding these special relationships to our lives.
Take the time to appreciate and foster deep relationships. They can see us through challenging times and be God’s arms when we need to be surrounded by Him.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the ability to connect with others. May we be a great friend to others as we are blessed by them. Amen.
Who would you consider a soul mate?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.