Best Character Ever

19 04 2015

How did certain guys get named in the Bible? Some earned their spot by having amazing character. Could we use them as examples for our children to follow?

The apostle, Paul, gave us a list in Colossians. Their names may be difficult to pronounce (who would give their kids names like that!!!). But their godly standard of living is achievable. We can surely teach children to copy their character.

  • Tychicus (Colossians 4:7) was a faithful minister and fellow servant.
  • Onesimus (Colossians 4:8-9) was also known for being faithful, in addition to being a dear brother to Paul. Tychicus and Onesimus were both trusted by Paul to carry his message to the believers in Colosse. Because they were faithful.
  • Aristarchus (Colossians 4:10) was a fellow prisoner. He and Justus (both Jews) were fellow workers for God’s kingdom. They both proved to be a comfort to Paul.
  • Epaphras (Colossians 4:12-13) was a servant of Christ. He worked hard for others, always wrestling in prayer for them.
  • Luke (Colossians 4:14), the doctor, was a dear friend to Paul. He was the only one who stood by Paul until the very end (2 Timothy 4:9-11). His devotion stood in stark contrast to Demas who deserted Paul.
  • Nympha (Colossians 4:15) had a home fellowship.
  • Archippus (Colossians 4:17) was busy about doing the work he received from the Lord.

Here’s what we can learn from them and teach to our children. Someone who has the best character ever …

  • Is faithful
  • Can be trusted to carry God’s message to others
  • Is a servant (works for others, helps others)
  • Prays for others
  • Comforts others
  • Is a loyal friend
  • Teaches others about God’s Word (even in the home)
  • Is busy about God’s work

We will not get our names added to the Bible, but God is recording our stories in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Paul wrote his letter to fellow believers in Colosse while in prison. As believers, we’re also prisoners…prisoners for the Lord. In Ephesians, Paul BEGS us to live a godly life. He lays out this challenge:

“So, as a prisoner for the Lord, I beg you to live the way God’s people should live, because he chose you to be his. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love. You are joined together with peace through the Spirit. Do all you can to continue as you are, letting peace hold you together.”  Ephesians 4:1-3 (ERV)

With God’s help, we’ll show our children how to live for Him.

Article on Bullying

15 04 2015


Recently, Lynda (Stoy) Stear, Founder and Editor of Living Seasons Ministry, invited me to contribute an article about bullying to her website. The article I shared tells the story about why I wrote the picture book Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies. Click on the link below to find my article. While you’re there, check out Lynda’s website.