March 8 - 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

Friday, March 8, 2013

March 8 - 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.

When I was growing up, I was known as Frank Greenwood’s daughter … okay, honestly, I was one of a collective. I was one of the Greenwood kids.  My poor brother got labeled as Diane and Carol’s brother when he was in school, but when we moved after his sophomore year in high school to a community where he was active, but I was not, I was then identified as Jim Greenwood’s sister.

I remember visiting my grandmother in Boston. She couldn't wait to take me to the Belmont Public Library and show me off to the people with whom she worked. I was her granddaughter, the first child of her only daughter.

When Mom and I went to a printing trade show in Chicago, Dad accompanied us and was identified as Margie Greenwood’s husband.  At my sister’s workplace, she identifies me simply as her sister. Her students and co-workers may never know my name, but when I meet them, they immediately smile and say, “Oh, you’re Carol’s sister.”

We all identify ourselves with someone who is just a little more well-known in any given situation.  It might give us credence or a common connection, things we rely on to build relationships and a sense of community.

Paul told the Thessalonians that when Jesus comes, he can hardly wait to identify himself with the Thessalonians.  They are his glory and joy.  Paul wants Jesus to identify him as one who knows the Thessalonians.

How do you want to be known?