Are you burning?

When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn. — John Wesley

If someone walked up to you right now and took your temperature, what would they discover? Or, if they looked at your life through the lens of passion-goggles, would they see a person on fire? Take a moment to look at your life, or maybe ask someone, am I burning? We too often allow life to get us off track. Life happens! I want to give a few practical things to help restore that passion.

First of all, it is wise and important to pray for fire. You cannot start a fire in your church, home, community, if you are not the first one burning. Secondly, make sure you have a good fireplace. Too often we try to live this life alone, when we were designed to live amongst community. God spoke to Adam’s situation and said it is not good to be alone. Obviously, contextually He was referring to a mate, but it is still not good to be alone in life. No person is an island! The writer of Hebrews says, “not forsaking our own assembling together” because it stimulates and encourages us. Thirdly, it is imperative that you focus your fire. Paul wrote to the Romans that some had misguided zeal not in accordance with knowledge (Romans 10:2). Thus, it is imperative that you focus your fire on the thing that matters most to you. Fourth, fan your fire often. Paul writes to Timothy to stir up the gift, which literally means to keep the fire alive. Fire needs to be fed in order to keep going. It is necessary to stoke the timbers from time to time. 1) God uses Himself to breathe on your flame 2) God uses people also. As “Iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another” (Pv. 27:17) We all know that when iron connects with iron, sparks ignite. Surround yourself with key people that can affect your flame.

A person on fire changes their surrounding environment. Yet a person with no passion is like a barber with no clippers, a ball player with no ball, or a river with no water. Bill Cosby once said, “Anyone can dabble, but once you’ve made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you” When I was younger my parents would often echo the words, “discover that which you would do for free, and pursue that in life.” So I close in the words of my Father, Pursue Your Passion. Contend for the faith. Make a great day!

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