We get a cool glimpse into the early church in Paul's letters, and a unique perspective in the two letters to Timothy. Timothy was a young leader in the church, whom Paul took under his wing. He thought of Timothy as a spiritual son, and the intimacy of their connection comes across clearly. As a young pastor, these letters have been a special source of encouragement to me.
The two things I especially want to lift up in today's reading are Paul's idea of training in godliness and the importance of public reading of scripture. Often we treat church as an event, as an important part of our week that gives us strength, but we don't always think of it as training. Spiritual life isn't something that just happens, and it's not a static situation. Like school or athletes training for competition, we should approach our faith life expecting to make progress, expecting to work hard to get better at faithfulness. An important part of that training is scripture reading, both publicly and on our own.
God bless you in your training today,