This past week I read the following headling in our local newspaper: Over 8,000 firefighters battle blazes across California! As wildfires char dry Riverside and San Diego counties, some areas are evacuated, but there is little damage to structures and some progress is being made.
I don’t know if you recall the old youth camp fire song Pass It On? The lyrics were as follows: “It only takes a spark, to get a fire going…And soon all those around, can warm up to it’s glowing….That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it, it’s fresh like spring, you want to sing, you want to pass it on.”
It may only take a spark to get a fire going, but it takes a focused effort to keep a fire going. A fire, left to itself, usually dies out. A fire stoked and nurtured can burn as long as necessary.
There are several ways to keep the fire burning. One way is to surround yourself with the right people. John Maxwell (in his book Talent Is Never Enough) notes the difference between firelighters and firefighters. Firelighters go out of their way to help you keep the fire hot. Firefighters go out of their way to throw cold water on you.
For those in ministry and the Christian life in general, it is all but impossible to avoid firefighters; they often fill the pews. You can’t avoid them, but you can learn to deflect their influence. Identify the firelighters from the firefighters. Distance yourself, as much as is possible, from those who walk through life with buckets of cold water. Choose, instead, to put yourself in company with those whose words and actions are natural kindling for the fire God has given you.
“Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
1 Peter 1:3
My thoughts in singing this song over and over is that God’s love is contagious and should be shouted from the mountaintops! HE LIVES IN ME & IN YOU AND HE LOVES US DEARLY! I hope you will share His love today and sing His praises.