"The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth."
(3 John 1)
Most days, when I'm Scripture Journaling, a passage sparks my imagination or spirit because of an idea or teaching. Today, however, it's all about a name: GAIUS.
There's only 1 person I've ever known with that name. He was my campus minister in college. Gaius Thede was a UMC pastor, who served the LORD by hanging out with college students. Gaius looked like Abraham Lincoln, had Lincoln lived into his 60's. He was full of vim & vigor, grace & understanding, passion & power, and a darn good sense of humor. He loved God, and was willing to allow space in his faith for new revelation. In other words, though he was a brilliant theologian, he never came across as a know-it-all.
Though no longer with us in this life, his legacy continues to live on in so many of the college students like myself who were blessed to have known Gaius. I can echo the words of the writer of 3 John... he is "the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth." Amen.