Demas was a first century Christian convert and close associate of the Apostle Paul. His name is mentioned three times in the New Testament (Colossians, 2 Timothy and Philemon). We do not know very much about Demas' life or person, but we do know about a major decision he once made. In the second epistle to Timothy, Paul wrote:"Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry" (2 Tim 4:9-11)This is a moment in Paul's life where his closest friends are abandoning, not only him, but their faith calling as well. We are not sure why Demas deserted Paul except for the fact that he "loved the world".As a person who is committed to a life-long journey of sharing the love of Christ I stand in no place to judge Demas. On the contrary, my heart breaks for everyone who falls out of love with God and His ministry. I do understand the temptation of leaving the grind of ministry for the lure of the world. I too have a willing heart and weak flesh.Therefore, I have used the pseudonym “My Dear Demas” to reflect upon my ministry calling and my commitment to it. I have to remind myself to keep my eyes on the prize. I often wonder about epistles and writings that have not survived the hands of time. Perhaps if we had a letter written to Demas to study (much like Timothy, Titus, Philemon, etc) we could understand more about Demas and his struggles. Perhaps Paul wrote Demas a letter calling him back. Perhaps he let him go. We just don’t know.With that being said, please know that all the creative works written under the name My Dear Demas are a beckoning to stay focused on the One who calls us. I am convinced this is the only way to live out our Christian journey. Be reminded of and encouraged by the One who calls us out of the world for the sake of transformation.