Fan the Flames

Sunday, October 8, 1995
| 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Paul offers a three-fold methodology for rekindling the spark into a roaring fire of faith and faithfulness.

There is nothing like the enthusiasm of a beginner. Watch the antics of a young kitten or puppy rolling and rollicking around its stretched-out parent. The one just beginning in life can't wait to explore every nook and cranny, investigate every piece of lint or tussle with every squeaky toy.

The one who has already "seen it all" would rather take a nap. New converts are notoriously enthusiastic. Whether converted to a new exercise regime, vegetarianism, fly fishing or a living faith with Jesus Christ, there is a rampant exuberance that can exhaust the rest of us. We tend to roll our eyes and moan about these "red hots," even while we secretly admire their dedication, envy their energy and pray for our own rekindling of first love.

The problem with being "red hot" is that it takes a lot of time and effort to maintain that degree of enthusiasm for any length of time. That is the reason not many New Year's resolutions make it past March.

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