fan into flame

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (ESV)

I love the imagery here. The raw energy behind the elemental strength of fire. It’s eagerness to spread quickly from a tiny spark into a huge conflagration.

This is perhaps the reason I want to start this new blog. So I can fan into flame the gift God has graciously given me.

It’s too easy to hide behind a mask. To pretend to be someone or something we’re not. Or simply denying who we really are.

Afraid of what people might say. What they might do. How they might treat us.

Rejection. Persecution.

But I’m a Christian and there’s no reason to be ashamed of the gospel.

It has the power to heal. To redeem and restore. To renew and regenerate.

To save lives.


prayer : that I would be bold in proclaiming my faith

action : “love” others through the gift God has granted to me

He gave gifts to men

‘But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”‘ Ephesians 4:7-8 (ESV)

God in His infinite wisdom and abundant generosity has bestowed gifts upon His children.

He has done this by “grace”.

As with so much God has given us we do not deserve it.

And in gratitude for what He has done we should use our gifts wisely: to bring glory to God; to further His kingdom.

Knowing what our gifts are involves insight.

But using them well involves wisdom.


prayer : that I will use my gifts to glorify God

action : discuss with my pastor how I can best use my gifts through ministry