For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
2 Timothy 2:5-7
We know that the book of Timothy is a Pastoral epistle, which means a shepherding or coaching letter to young Timothy from Paul. This particular passage of scripture or Paul’s letter deals with guarding ones faith and trust in God because our trust in God can sometimes shy back, recuse itself, or become timid. The result is as we see is a decrease in power, love, and discipline. How does our trust in God go from bold to timid? One day strong and the next day weak? We know that facing trials will wear one down, but even in doing well the scripture says we can get weary.
Being a young leader myself and a coach to other young leaders something was highlighted today how Paul shepherded young Timothy back to that gift of faith and trust in God. The first thing Paul says is “I am mindful of the sincere faith with in you Timothy!” What Paul is saying to this young man who’s been working hard, who is tired, and timid is…”I am thinking about you, I understand what you are going through, you mean a lot to me, I am proud of you son!”
Paul took time to exhort the young exhorter. Who gives to the givers, who loves the lovers, and who is going to encourage the encouragers. Well this is what Paul does as a leader of young leaders and teaches us a valuable lesson of coaching young leaders who lost or is in jeopardy of losing the drive, love, and discipline in life because of weariness.
I am challenged today to list out the young Timothy’s in my life express how much they mean to the Lord, starting with my own family. I feel so encouraged today because though this is an example Paul share with me to do this is what the Lord would speak to every young one with that precious gift of faith who needs to kindle afresh their faith.
Thank you Lord, For reminding me that Your gifts are not timid, powerless, unloving, or undisciplined but just the opposite. Thank you for encouraging me today in these matters and give me wisdom to encourage our young ones to constantly kindle afresh what you’ve given them. In Jesus Name Amen!
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