God’s Gift: Fanning the 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 the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
In this passage, St. Paul compares you to an ember. There is fire in you.
Each of us has been given God’s anointing, a special gift, that we are to share to the world. With your gift, you can bless people and change their lives forever. Pursuing this gift with love is what has made most of the world’s successful people into the successful people that they are now. When you love what you do, and you have a healthy money mindset, money flows to you.
Think of that very thing you do that when you do it, your heart is on fire. This fire is your gift.
You have two options: you can either neglect your gift or nourish it. Forget about your gift or develop it to the fullest.
Don’t use your gift, and it will die a natural death. Don’t employ it or expand it, and it will die. Any living thing will die if you neglect it. And the same thing can happen to your gift. Fire consumes oxygen to grow. Cover the fire, and you will kill it.
So fan the flame. Focus on your gift. Expand.
Improve yourself even by 1% every single day. James Clear calls this The 1 Percent Rule, which states that “over time the majority of the rewards in a given field will accumulate to the people, teams, and organizations that maintain a 1 percent advantage over the alternatives.” James espouses that you need not be twice as good to get double the results, you just need to be a little bit better.
Improving yourself by 1 percent daily is nothing dramatic, I should say. But the small difference accumulates into significant advantages in a span of time.
Learn from mentors and those who are already successful in the field. Be humble to accept that you need to study and learn from others so you can grow. And you should remember one thing: developing your gift requires sacrifice. The fire that is your gift will consume you in much the same way that fire devours the ember. Practicing your gift means dying to one’s self. You will sacrifice your own comfort and convenience.
Bo Sanchez shared this anecdote about his stock market mentor: For 30-plus years, his mentor would wake up at 3 a.m. to study the market movements around the world. While most people would still be snoring in their sleep at this time of the day, his mentor would already be evaluating, scrutinizing, and studying how the economies of the world will run. This mentor is now a billionaire. Like him, are you willing to wake up at 3 a.m. every day for 30 years to become a billionaire?
But here’s the thing, according to Bo Sanchez, his mentor won’t wake up at 3 a.m. every day for 30 years for a billion peso. But he will do it because he loves doing it. He didn’t feel like it was a sacrifice to wake up every day at 3 a.m. He loved doing it, and he became a billionaire.
God has given you a gift. A special gift. And He believes in you. Take care of this gift by nourishing, developing, and sharing it with the world.
You might not be aware yet what your gift is but look inside you. Look for seeds that have the potential to blossom into fruits.
Fan into flame this gift!
Marj Baynosa is a chemical engineer and educator, who loves reading and writing in her spare time, especially on finance, faith, and other seemingly mundane things.