2 Cor. 3:2 "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men"
A book is a lot like a life:
- A book has a beginning and a conclusion—as does our earthly existence
- Some books are lengthy and some are short
- Most are composed of several chapters and each chapter adds to the previous one with more knowledge and experience
- Some chapters are filled with joy's & success
- However, there are also chapters containing sadness, challenge, and tragedy
Each one of us is writing the book of his or her life, and learning, loving, and serving are all integral parts of the process. How do you want to be remembered and described by those who knew you during your life here on earth? How privileged we are to be writing the chapters of our lives at this juncture in history? With that privilege, there is a responsibility to be living in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
We are accountable for our actions and choices and have a personal accountability to the Savior for them. Our lives are made up of all the highs and lows, ins and outs and good times and bad, but our lives are a story that is being written every day that we live. Every moment of our life on this earth is writing the lines in the story of who we are. What story is our lives telling those who are around us?
Are you a good book?
Hebrews 12:29 "For our God is a consuming fire."
What is it about fire that always captivates our interest? Is it the constant shimmer of multiple colors all blending together to produce an amazing show? Would it be the sound of the crackling and popping of things that work together to create a symphony of nature? Could it even just be because we (more directly me) can always find enjoyment out of trying to make a fire from just a few pieces of wood?
Although I believe the answer is different for all of us, I also believe there is something we can take away from it. In our individual relationships with God, we go through different stages of "interest" just like with fire. Sometimes we are interested in how God intends to make something out of our extinguished situation. Other times we wonder at the beauty of how he uses so many different aspects of life, just to create an opportunity for us.
The point I'm trying to make is that no matter how many different stages of "interest" we go through, we should never forget the moment that God's spark gave us new life. That first moment when God took hold of your pile of disoriented wood chips and decided to make an object of interest out of it. Not so that your light could shine brighter than ever before, but so God's light could be seen in a world full of darkness.
Never Forget Your Spark,