“Do your best to come to me quickly.” 2 Timothy 4:9
When he said these words to Timothy, Paul was facing one of the most difficult seasons of his life.
- He was stuck. He was near the end of his life and was confined to a Roman prison. (1:8; 4:6)
- He was lonely. The first time he was being held in prison (Acts 28) he had many visitors, but this time no one was coming to his side. (4:16)
- He was hurt. A long term friend and ministry partner, Demas, had abandoned him. (4:10)
It’s interesting, when Paul was hurting he asked for Timothy to get to him as soon as possible. In Greek that phrase, “Do your best”, means to move with a sense of urgency. Every one of us will face painful seasons in our leadership. In these times we must be willing to ask for help.
Leaders are accustomed to asking people to follow a vision, sign up for a cause or sacrifice for a mission, but asking someone to help you personally is difficult for most leaders to do. We want to be strong and self-sufficient. But a wise leader will ask for the support he needs to stay spiritually and emotionally healthy.
How’s your spiritual health? How’s your emotional health? Is it time to ask a trusted friend for some help? What keeps you from asking for support when you are struggling?