Develop your gifts-2

2 Timothy 1:6 “That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you…”(AMP)
So, what makes the difference between the great and the underachievers? The difference is that Great people don’t just discover their gifts and talents, they develop them by fanning them into flame and by keeping them burning! I have seen some fantastic local taxi drivers who only remind me of Formula one (F1) drivers. Formula one drivers are making fortunes from entertainment car racing especially the Grands Prix, but yet these taxi drivers are poor and live from hand to mouth.
My charge to you today is no different from what Paul told Timothy, which is to rekindle the cold embers of your gifts and talents, fan them to flame, and keep them burning. Remember the analogy of the woman roasting corn, when the flame became red hot, she sat down and started roasting the corn but she didn’t stop fanning, only that she wasn’t fanning as vigorously as before. People started patronising her, and she started making money without much stress. Every gift becomes better by reason of use.
I also noticed that initially when the smoke came up, tears were coming out from her eyes but she didn’t stop. The training period at times could bring tears to our eyes but beloved don’t stop, it’s part of the process. You must learn to do the uncomfortable until it becomes comfortable.
Also take note that the smoke will not give you money, it is only an indication that your talent is being fanned. You don’t get prize for training; you get a prize for winning the tournament. You see so many people with smokes, thinking they have arrived when in actual fact, they’ve not. The smoke will only bring tears to your eyes and that of others but not fulfillment. So don’t you ever quit at the ‘smoke’ stage. Only sit when your talents become red hot and even then, don’t stop fanning. (to be continued)
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