Starting is not sustaining


Like a burning fire, however, a faith that is ignited in a moment by love, must be sustained with many moments of an abiding love over time. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.

We just returned from a camping trip to the north woods. Since this was a camping trip, campfires were a significant part of what we experienced over the course of the week. Campfires can be challenging since the weather affects them as does the kindling used to start the fires. Moist air does not make for good fires; damp kindling either. I like to influence my fires with a squirt of lighter fluid once the match has been applied to the kindling. This creates a hotter flame which, in theory, will bring about a more or less spontaneous fire. Getting these fires started is relatively easy when you’re using fuel, kindling and a match. Keeping them burning, however, is a different matter. In fact, it’s really two different processes. Starting and burning have a flame in common, and that’s about it. Keeping a fire burning requires skill with how the wood is piled, when and how you stoke it, and how often you add more wood. Ignition is all about spontaneity and burning about sustaining.

The Bible tells us that our faith is like a burning fire. Like a burning fire, however, a faith that is ignited in a moment by love, must be sustained with many moments of an abiding love over time.