Renew your gifts

Date: Saturday, October 5

Scripture2 Timothy 1:1-14

Verse: For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands (2 Timothy 1:6)

As the calendar turned to October this week, I was reminded the days of regular commuting on my motorcycle are coming to a close for the season. I try to get in at least one ride per month, but it’s just not the same when the motorcycle spends most of its days in the garage. But then, in the spring, when the weather gets nice again, there is nothing like the feeling of the first ride. Over the winter I tend to forget just how much fun it is. Maybe you have the same feeling about your bicycle, running, camping, skiing, or some other seasonal activity. When we put it aside for a while, we tend to forget just how rewarding it is.

In today’s scripture reading, the Apostle Paul is encouraging Timothy to remember the feeling he had when he first received “the gift of God that is within [him].” Apparently, he has put it aside for a while, not practiced it, and forgotten how important and rewarding it is. So Paul, Timothy’s mentor, tells him to take it out for a ride and remember what it was like, and could be like again.

We may have set aside a gift too. Maybe the responsibilities of adulthood crowded it out. Maybe we bumped into someone farther along who intimidated us. Maybe someone criticized us. Or maybe we just got tired. No matter how it happened, now is the time to dust it off and try it on again. You might be surprised to find out just how much fun, how meaningful, how important that gift can be again.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, renew in me passions and gifts I have set aside. Amen.

Action: Take one last look at that list of gifts, and reflect on gifts/passions you used to have. How might you “rekindle the gift of God that is within you?”

Respond: As the seasons change, what activity are you most looking forward to getting back into, or will most grieve having to put aside? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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