I feel as though I should continue the post Example Life due to the fact that someone handed me a piece of paper with 1 Timothy 4:12b on it and 1 Timothy 4:15b.
When you read from 1 Timothy 4:12-15 it talks about not letting people discourage you because of your youth and neglecting the gift that God gave you. You are to practice your gift(s) and even immerse yourself in them “so that all may see your progress.” (vs. 15)
In my bedroom I have a pencil drawing of a bi-plane that I got from an obscure old bookstore in Winnipeg. I love looking at it. Also my little tin plane. There’s a few items in my room that keep me going in flying when I look at them. But I’ll be really honest with you; I don’t feel like flying is my “gift” per-say. That doesn’t mean I’m not a good pilot, my instructors say I know how to fly safely and well. But that isn’t my gift. It’s not what I do that’s my gift its how I do it. I don’t know quite what my gift is because I can’t see that in myself and would need to ask the world outside of myself to tell me. You are supposed to practice your gifts but I need to remind myself that even though something isn’t exactly what I feel called to doesn’t mean it isn’t something you aren’t called to do.
For example say my gift was prophecy and I was using it properly and well, that doesn’t mean I won’t be call to wash others feet in service, and called to do it joyfully. So through flying I will be having to do other things even though I may not be using my particular gift, I know I am called to finish flying. Don’t get me wrong though I love flying! Not only do I get to do something that brings me joy I also am exposed to a whole community of people I otherwise wouldn’t know… yes they are all connected through the passion of flight and little do they know they have a girl in their midst who has a higher calling than the sky!
Back to the piece of paper from the beginning! I don’t exactly know what the Lord s trying to say to me through it... maybe it’s calling me out to lead in worship, maybe it’s calling me out to not live in mediocrity, maybe it’s saying that I need to stand up and focus on my prayer life. As christian brothers and sisters we are called to live an example life, but it says in verse 12 that it’s an example for the believers… it says nothing about the world around us. In humility live a life that builds up other believers and pushes them to strive for a more Jesus Christ filled life.