Timothy was a good man. He genuinely cared for people. He was an effective Bible teacher and church leader.
People didn't take him seriously because he was young, and he was a bit timid.
Timothy needed to know that the Lord was with him, if he was to be effective.
So Paul, the experienced leader, writes to him and reminds him that the Spirit of God is on him. It's time for Timothy to overcome his natural timidity and fan the gift that God has given him into a blazing fire.
It's not our job to start the fire of God in us, but it is our job to maintain it.
The Spirit of God in our Spirit brings love, power and self-discipline. We need all three. This is one of those cases where two out of three is bad, or at least inadequate.
More on Sunday .....