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Perspectives: Fanning the flame of God’s gifts

During my quiet time recently, I read about fanning the flame of the gift of God in my life.

The concept intrigued me.

After all, what does this process of fanning the flame look like?

While the dynamics are unique to each person, I think there are also some general principles that can be applied:

  1. Identify the flame. What specific gifts do you possess that are unique to you? Understanding what they are can help sharpen your focus to help you use the limited resources of time and energy more effectively.
  2. Fuel the fire. How can you best develop your gifts? This step reminds me of the 7th of Dr. Steven Covey’s habits in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which is to “Sharpen the Saw”: “Seek continuous improvement and renewal professionally and personally. …Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have—you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.”
  3. Light the torch. Apply your gifts in a way that ignites growth both within yourself and others. Step out of your comfort zone to make a difference in the world around you.

I think fanning the flame is an important process to embrace—but I think we need to be thoughtful about how we do it.

Personally, I only have so much time—both within each day and within the context of my age. This dynamic makes me more purposeful and selective about pretty much everything I do.

This post first appeared in the 1/11/2020 edition of The Empowered Traveler™ Newsletter. Want The Empowered Traveler™ delivered directly to your inbox each week? Please sign up below.

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