by Stephen Whitney

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Godly Walk (4 of 5)
Series: II Timothy
Stephen Whitney
II Timothy 2:19-22

In December 1994 syndicated columnist Bob Greene told the inspiriting story of Rob Mouw.

Rob played on the soccer team in his senior year at Wheaton Christian High School. In the final seconds of a big game against favored Waubonsie Valley, with his team behind by on goal, Rob was dribbling the ball in front of him, running at full speed toward the opponent's goal as the game was about to end.

Just before he kicked the ball, though, he caught sight of the score board. The clock read 00.00. But like any good athlete, Rob shot the ball anyway, and it went in for a goal. The referee signaled that the goal counted and the game finished in a tie. The Wheaton fans cheered. The Waubonsie fans cried that time had run out.

Rob had a choice to make. He could say nothing and avoid a loss. After all, it was the referee's job to decide the calls, not his. Or Rob could do what was right. He asked the referee whether the official time was kept on the scoreboard or the referee's stopwatch.

The referee said the scoreboard was official and then ran off the field. Rob went to his coaches and explained that just before his kick, he had seen zeros on the scoreboard clock. Since he hadn't heard a whistle, he kept on playing. But his goal was late and he didn't think it should count. His coaches agreed and so they went over to the opposing coaches, explained what happened and conceded victory to Waubonsie Valley.

Dwight L. Moody said, "Character is what you are in the dark."
Someone else commented, "True character is what we are when
nobody's looking, in the secret chambers of our heart."

Paul challenges Timothy to a life of high moral character so his
life will be an example of the truth which he faithfully proclaims.
If his life doesn't match the truth the people will not believe him.
Our character is to demonstrate the truth we claim to believe.
ADMONITION - Choose ...

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