This week I’m thinking about fire…

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We had a fire in our fire pit the other night. It was beautiful last weekend and we wanted to eek out as much of the day as we could — small joys, right?

As we sat there the fire started to smolder — you know how that goes. One of the small branches just wasn’t catching fire. And, in fact, nothing seemed to be burning. It was just a dying fire despite the wood that was on it and the heat that was there.

I got up and moved the branch four inches — just four measly inches.

The whole thing burst into flame.

Four. Inches.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit 

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Of course, we all know the science behind this shift. The equation for a good fire is heat, fuel, and oxygen. All this fire needed was a little more oxygen; when I shifted the branch, it got what it needed — breath. As soon as the fire got that: POOF!

It really doesn’t take much to transform our lives. We think it does, but our souls are a lot more like a fire than we think. We need passion (heat), our gifts and skills (fuel), and breath (oxygen). And, spiritually speaking, that breath only comes from one place: the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that breaths through us and ignites us, inspires us.

After all, have you ever taken note of the word “inspire”? It comes from two words, “in” (duh!) and “spirit.” To put spirit into something — or, in our case, to put the Spirit into someone.

So, if you are finding yourself uninspired these days — and who could blame you? — try a shift of four inches. Just a measly four inches. You may find yourself ignited.


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