Sunday, January 23, 2011

NIPTO, Day 350

You know how sometimes you get to that point at night where you have a headache and too much to do before you go to bed and you just want to cry? Yeah, well I'm at that point.
Here's a quick rundown of my day: Got up this morning and got ready. Went to church. Church went: band practice, 1st service worship, sunday school, last song, sunday school, 2nd service, talked to people, went to Kent, ate lunch with Hannah, drove home, relaxed a little bit, skyped with Katie for a long while, worked on some homework, ate a tiny bit, went to youth group (which was fantastic! And I recorded... yay! Even I want to listen to it again :). Cleaned up the youth room a bit, looked at some of BK's advertising stuff, came home, watched last week's Chuck, finished my homework, and here I am.

Alright. NIPTO.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

Whoever wants to be a manager (overseer, deacon, pastor) wants to do a noble job. Simple, eh?

2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)

This person has to be an  honorable person. One who is above reproach, faithful to their spouse, controlled, welcoming, has the ability to teach, not a drunkard, is gentle, doesn't argue and doesn't love money. That is a HIGH standard. This person must also be able to manage their family well. He should "see that his children obey him" and he needs to do that in such a way as garners respect. If someone doesn't know how to take care of their immediate family, how can they take care of the extended family of God, that is, the church?

 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

This person should be a long-time Christian. If they aren't, they could easily become conceited, which, as heard in Pastor Mike's sermon today, is a legitimate concern. This person should also have a good reputation with people not from teh church so that they won't be disgraced. 

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That was a half scream half sigh of contentment. Well, not really contentment. Because my contacts are bothering me, I have a headache, and still need to take a shower along with getting completely ready for bed. 
Hello not getting 8 hours of sleep on a school night. How dare you keep me up late, homework... or something. 
I'm going to bed now. I'm having problems typing, which means I should definitely sleep.

P.S. please excuse any spelling errors that I did not catch. Like I said, it's late.
Goodnight, again.

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