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. - 2 Timothy 1:6
I work with mostly young men here at the office (maybe I had better rephrase that to “younger men”.) I like to think of myself as the office Mom but, to be honest, they give to me much more than I give to them. I feed off their constant energy. When they go home at night to their wives, completely drained from their day, it’s because mother Gill has sucked the life out of ‘em!
Seriously though, I do appreciate their spiritual vigor. Brent introduces me to music I wouldn’t necessarily find on my own. Thanks to him, I’m becoming rather well-rounded in my musical knowledge. I love to listen to Eli praying for the needs of our church during a staff meeting; he is sooo passionate about our congregation, our neighbours, our church - everything. And I listen to Kyle talking about what he has learned in school with such enthusiasm for learning and discovery. Their passion is invigorating.
Passion is the deciding difference between successful and unsuccessful people in every field of work. The fire on the inside affects everything on the outside.
When Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, failed in his 5000th attempt, his response was: “I am not a failure. Rather I have successfully identified and eliminated 5000 ways that do not work, which brings me 5000 steps closer to discovering the one way that will work.” That’s passion!
Harland David Sanders: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.
Winston Churchill: This Nobel Prize-winning, twice-elected Prime Minster of the United Kingdom wasn't always as well regarded as he is today. Churchill struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. After school he faced many years of political failures, as he was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62 (take note, young(er) co-workers).
I could go on, but you get the point.
Jesus asks us to be passionate about loving God: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” - Mark 12:30. He said there is no commandment greater than this.
It is a comfortable place to be settled into the embers of our relationship with God. The fire may never burn out, but it can easily lose its heat. If we don’t put fuel on a fire, it will die (The Bible is our food). Fire needs stoking to keep it burning (our relationship with God needs stoking every day to keep it alive).
Have you ever noticed how energized new Christians are? Filled with the newness of the Holy Spirit, which just seems to ooze out of them and spill onto anyone who comes near? Right after they come up out of the cleansing waters of Baptism, they are glowing with a fire for God. Why? Well, they have been spending a lot of time with God, getting to know Him, talking to Him, listening to Him. Letting Him guide them on the first steps of this incredible journey.
We can reignite our fire for God just by spending more time with him. It really is just that simple.
And if you’re not lucky enough to work with 3 young(er) men, who can fire up that passion in you, come visit mine. I’ll loan them to you. For a nominal donation. LOL
Soul On Fire by Third Day
God, I’m running for Your heart
I’m running for Your heart
Till I am a soul on fire
Lord, I’m longing for Your ways
I’m waiting for the day
When I am a soul on fire
Till I am a soul on fire
Rom 12:11 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”
'Til next time