Speaking Face to Face

Read Through the Bible in 2 years: 2 John and 3 John

"Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete." - 2 John 1:12 ESV
"I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face." - 3 John 1:13-14 ESV

At the end of both of these letters, John says that he has so much to say, but he doesn’t want to use a pen, he wants to see them and speak face to face.

It struck me as funny, reading this and thinking about all the people who have read things that I’ve written but have never met me and will never meet me face to face. How different it is to communicate when you can’t see your audience face to face, yet how thankful I am that John went ahead and picked up his pan and wrote down his thoughts, that we can still read them almost 2,000 years later.

I know that my words are in no way like John’s words. My words are not inspired by the Holy Spirit like John’s were. Yet, I hope my words will impact this generation as well as generations to come. I pray that children not yet born might be impacted directly by my words but also indirectly through their mothers and grandmothers being encouraged and equipped through the thoughts that flow from my pen.

How can your written words make an impact today and for generations to come? Do you keep a journal or blog? Do you need to write someone a letter today?

Let’s pray.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the blessing it is to be able to write words down. Thank you for preserving Your written Word for hundreds of years that people today can read the very words of Moses and Jesus and John. Thank you for the blessing of being able to preserve our own thoughts for generations to come and to send letters to people who live far away.

Thank You for each man and woman who has impacted my life through writing books and blogs.

You are always good and Your love endures forever.

In the eternal name of Jesus Christ. Amen

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