As we approach the new year, we review the past and plan for a better future.   Let’s consider our relationships.  One of the legacies of the Promise Keeper movement is the concept that we should all have a Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy. Paul was a missionary to many regions of Greece, and eventually to Rome. Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement” was one of his partners in the missionary work. 

 Paul also trained Timothy to take over from him.  Paul was Timothy’s mentor. 

In order to live an effective life, we need to learn from someone wiser than we are, have one or more friends who can encourage and work with us, and to pass on our wisdom to someone else who can continue our life’s work long after we’re gone. So who’s your Paul, your Barnabas, your Timothy? Before this year ends, identify these key folks in your life and commit to developing those relationships in 2012. These things don’t happen by accident. Be intentional and be blessed. 


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