Fanning the Flame
For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
~ 2 Timothy 1:6-8
Consider this question for a moment: When do you feel most alive? If I were to venture a guess, I would say that most people feel most alive when they are living out of their deepest, authentic self. That sense of authenticity is felt inwardly and is seen outwardly. Inwardly, there is an energy that occurs when we take the risk to be our truest self. From that vital place, we are propelled to live out our faith deeply.
On the contrary, when we downplay our giftedness and our true self, we feel sapped of vitality and energy. We expend more power playing a role than we do living out of our giftedness and calling. As a result, we become timid.