There may come a time when you realize that you have just been coasting. You still say the right words, you still do the right stuff, but you just don’t have the passion to make a serious impact. What used to be intentional is now institutional. The creator of the universe placed within you a desire to use your God given gifts – don’t stifle them. And don’t replace them with “realistic” views of how life should be. Get the fire ranging. Not because others think you should. Not because you need to prove yourself. But because that’s who God created you to be!
1) Don’t forsake your first love. Put your trust and faith in God and cherish the relationship. Then reflect on how you got to this point in the first place. What was it that drew you here? You have forsaken the love you had at first. – Rev. 2:4
2) What gift have you been given? In what ways do you need to actively move forward with it? How can you stoke the gift of God into a fire? What easily enflames your passions? What topic could get you talking all night long? 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. 2 Timothy 1:6
3) Don’t become timid with the gifts you have been given. Don’t make excuses for your lack of self discipline. Begin to live in the power of the spirit and the power of God’s love. And trust that his work in you can provide you the self discipline to resist temptation, take responsibility and keep moving forward with perseverance. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
4) Let God’s word fill you to a point of overflowing – then speak it, become passionate about his truth. But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9
5) Set a goal to run the race and finish strong. Make a concrete plan to achieve it. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7