It is easy to stay the same; changing in a godly way can be difficult. It is easy to be distracted by the agendas of other people and pulled by our inner desires. So Paul urged Timothy to keep thinking about how he needed to change; what he should run away from, and what he should run towards. Youth is a time of rapid social, physical, and emotional change – a time when many make mistakes. But they must not be allowed to become permanent: ‘Run away from those wrong desires, and foolish arguments’, wrote Paul.