THE RIGHT FIT
Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia, Luke in Rome, Tychicus to Ephesus
(2 Timothy 4:10-11, NKJV)
What is the first thing we do when we buy new shoes? We make sure they fit, that they are not big or tight on our feet. We don’t want to be walking around in shoes that either too small or too big, we want to make sure they are the right fit. This reminded of a time during high school when our two youngest boys were on the swim team. During the summers they did age-group swimming. My wife Pauline and I took them to a swim meet in Idaho. One special event was a 100-yard inter-medley (IM) open to all.
The boys insisted we compete as a family. Since Dan and Andy had competed in a state championship meet in the butterfly and the breaststroke respectively, they would compete in these legs of the relay. They decided their mom Pauline should compete in the backstroke and I dad should swim the freestyle lap. We did not win the meet but had a respectable time and a lot of fun. For us it was the right fit.
The Apostle Paul at the close of his ministry wanted to make sure the members of God’s team were properly positioned for the most effective ministry. So he wrote to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:10-11) about the best placement of missionaries. Crescens was to serve in Galatia (northern Turkey), Titus was to go to Dalmatia in the mountains east of the Adriatic Sea, Luke was to come with Timothy to visit Paul in Rome, and Tychicus was to remain in Ephesus. This was the right fit.
In an IM swim meet for family fun,
Our family was placed to enjoy the sun.
Paul gave Tim a mission plan,
A proper place for every man.
Good placement of people yields a proper fit.
Give examples where a proper fit was found.
What happens when a proper fit is not found?
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