Live for Jesus

There are many things I can do with a piece of paper. One thing I can do is fold the paper into different shapes. Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. People who know this skill can fold a piece of paper into a beautiful flower or animal.
Another thing I can do with the paper is write or draw something nice on it. Or I can take the piece of paper, crumple it up and make a big, ugly wad of paper.
Our lives are like pieces of paper. We can choose to make them into something beautiful or something ugly. In our Bible Reading today, Paul wrote to a young man named Timothy. Paul encouraged Timothy to make his life into something beautiful for God.
Paul told Timothy to not be ?ashamed to tell people about our Lord Jesus? (verse 8b) and to ?follow the true teachings? that Paul had taught him (verse 13a). Paul encouraged Timothy to always live for Jesus. We should do that, too.