2 Timothy 1:6-12a
“Kindle the gift of God that is within you” (v. 6).
I love the warmth and crackling flame of a campfire. It draws people close and inspires conversation and imagination.
One particular night, we had just settled down to make camp after an eight-mile hike. It was Brad’s job to get the campfire going so that we could roast some hot dogs for dinner and gather together as evening came.
I watched as Brad created a small, teepee structure with twigs and branches from the surrounding woods. He had bigger branches ready to fuel the fire once the flame had gotten started. But before that could happen, he found some kindling—dried grasses and mosses that he cupped gently in the palm of his hand. He lit this tiny tumbleweed and carefully placed it beneath the teepee of sticks. Lying on the ground, he blew softly on the flame, encouraging its growth, making sure not to blow too hard and put it out. Soon the fire was burning steadily, beginning to ignite the sticks that surrounded it.
Nurturing our faith is a lot like building a campfire. We structure our lives with habits, relationships, and ministries that give shape to the flame of God’s Spirit that burns within us. Seeing that Spirit burn brightly and draw others into the warmth of God’s presence is wonderful.
But some days, when the fire seems to only burn dimly, we need to lie on the ground and gently kindle the gift of God within us.
How do you kindle the gift of God within you? When has God’s Spirit brought you to life after the fire seemed to only burn dimly?
Holy God, help us to appreciate how important kindling is in our lives. Thank you for those people and those prayerful moments that fan the flame of your love within us. Amen.