Sorry I missed Friday Saturday and Sunday but we had our ministry’s big event of the fall , our Bloom conference, so I could only juggle so many balls in the air.
So I am back on this rainy Monday. Well at least it is rainy here in TN. But wow, the leaves are changing and BEAUTIFUL.
I love that our God is such a creative colorful God.
So Proverbs 26– INTENSE.
Lot’s of strong warnings about fools, sluggards, and pride.
But the verse that stuck out to me the most was verse 20: For lack of wood the fire goes out and when there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
I love bonfires, campfires, smores– all of the above. Or fireplaces.
They just are so cozy and fun to sit around.
They bring community.
I remember a time I was at my friend’s house and she wanted to build a fire in her fireplace but the wood was a bit wet and she didn’t have a fire starter.
I got the idea to dip some q-tips in fingernail polish remover and add that to the fire to start it.
Start it — it sure did. Flames were HUGE.
But the idea of a fire without wood is crazy. You cannot have fire without something causing it to burn, to fuel it.
It’s so easy to use our words to fuel fires of gossip.
Shall I make it personal and say it can be so easy for me to use my words to fuel fires of gossip.
To take on other people’s situations when they are not mine.
To fuel fires instead of putting them out.
Fires of gossip do not spread community… they spread division, frustration and sin.
And I can easily find myself slipping into being a fire starter.
This verse reminds me– where I am not adding my own whispers, quarreling can cease.
Whew.. there is my toes being stepped on this Monday for you.