In his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul writes to a young minister named Timothy who is just beginning to take on leadership of a congregation. Timothy is, understandably, trepidatious about the daunting responsibility of shepherding God’s flock. By way of encouragement Paul says to him, “For this reason I remind you to fan into the 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 Tim. 1:6-7).
As I begin a new year this verse speaks to me as well. The following words explain four reasons why I choose to write more frequently in 2013.
Fan Into Flame
I have a desire to write and others have said that I an aptitude for it. So, I begin this blog to see if the Holy Spirit has given me a gift in this area. I write so that I can be a good steward of the gift that God has given me.
I also write to clarify my thoughts. Although it takes me a long time to decide what I think about something, I am a man possessed of many convictions. Writing helps me clarify my thoughts and solidify my position on various subjects. I hope that by writing I will learn to think more linearly, logically, creatively, and decisively.
Express My Opinions
I write to express my opinions. For some reason I think God has given me something to say and blogging gives me a voice to say it. You may not agree with all that I have to say. I may change my mind about something I say after I say it. But God has not given His children a spirit of fear. I have been timid about expressing my ideas for too long. This blog helps me say I what I really think and feel.
Finally, I write because I enjoy it. I’ve always had an affinity for words. Whether reading them, writing them, or speaking them, words have been my friends. I want to deepen that relationship with words and enjoy the journey while I do.
One reason I don’t blog is for recognition or acceptance. Admittedly, I constantly have to remind myself that I don’t write to gain a platform or approval. But the truth is, by the grace of God, I write for His glory and my edification. I hope you’ll come back here frequently and interact with me. But whether you do or don’t, I’ll always have a Triune audience of One. And for that reason, I add this blog to my attempt to give my best for His glory.
What about you? Are you fanning into a flame a gift or a passion this year?