by Jerry Watts

Tools for Life: A Graduation Sunday Message
Jerry Watts
2 Timothy 1:3-14

When I was a boy my dad was a great mechanic. Every time we would take a trip he would make sure that he had used tools in the trunk of the car. Quite honestly, the older the car the more careful dad was to carry his tools. On more than one occasion when we were on some kind of trip, the car would give us problem and dad would have to get out his tools and make the repair. Other times, we would find someone who is having car problems and dad would get out his tools and help some stranger get their car running.

However, that was before cars ran on computers. Even today, in his 80s my dad still knows quite a lot about those old cars, but today even if he were physically able to work on cars daddy would take his car to a garage. Why you might ask? It is because the people at the garage have the correct tools needed to work on the modern-day cars. It would do you no good to carry your car to someone who worked on cars in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, because they don't have the necessary tools to repair a 2010 model.

To our graduates today, to their parents, their siblings, classmates, and everyone else, I offer this thought: to go out into this culture and make a life requires you to have some tools for life. Graduates, I don't know what vocation God may want you in and I don't know what kind of living you may derive from your vocation, but I want to encourage you today to not get so focused on making a living that you forget to make a life. Making a life requires you to have tools that many people do not know of. Let us learn about those tools from young Timothy.

Timothy was indeed a young man who had been given a great responsibility by Paul and now Paul was trying to put the tools Timothy's hands that he would need to succeed. Follow me:

In verses 3 and 4 Paul sets the stage of his instruction to Timothy (and by extension to us) by speaking of HIS PERSONAL relationship to God and to ...

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