Sunday, October 19, 2008

Death by Fire

It has been a while since my last post and I thought now would be a perfect time for another one.
Before I get into the main topic of my blog I will just give you an overview of what has been going on with me lately.
School has been driving me crazy. One class in particular I am having a lot of trouble with and the teacher is horrible. I have made new friends along the way though and that always helps! I am kind of at that place people get to sometimes -especially now, when the winter cold is coming on and you are not ready for it to get here. Where you just feel like you are in a rut, waiting for something big to happen and it doesn't. When you begin wondering just what it is you are doing in life, waiting for the unexpected, just waiting for something exciting to come along and peak your interest. Right now I seem to just be going through the motions of life and I hate getting in that kind of mind set.

These last few days I have had fall break. A friend from Missouri came down and we were able to spend about about 4 days together. I really enjoyed it. While she was here we went to the late night showing of Fireproof. I was not looking forward to seeing that movie. I wanted to see another one but after some going back and forth we decided on Fireproof. Many people told me the acting was horrible and that I would not enjoy it because of the acting. That's what I was going on when I walked into the theatre. The movie was actually really good! Now don't get me wrong, the acting really could have been way better than it was, but the message was astounding!! And I am not even married!!! Many of you probably already know the plot to the story but for those of you who don't here is a quick run-down. There is this married couple who have seemingly fallen out of love and want out of their marriage. The husband's father asks his son if he is willing to give it 40 more days. Upon the husband's answering 'yes' his father sends him a journal to use as a guideline for each day. Through this journal, his parents prayers, and his fathers wisdom he accepts Jesus and saving his marriage is no longer just a dare given to him by his father but rather something he is willing to fight for.

This is where I can get into the point of my blog. :-)

Fireproof showed how the little things in life that bother people will start accumulating and begin growing into bigger things that lead to more trouble. which will eventually escalate into something catastrophic. It showed how life itself is not fireproof. If we do not have God in our lives, our lives are not worth living. If we start allowing evil to come into our lives-and maybe it's not all at one time; but slowly- we begin playing with fire and eventually get burned. When we get to a point where we feel like we don't need God and we can do it on our own; that is when we might as well be asking for death by fire because, not just this world, but even our very own minds, can burn us to the ground. They played a song in the movie called "Slow Fade" by Casting Crowns. I am going to write the lyrics out and I want you to really think about them as you read them.
"Slow Fade"-(1) Be careful little eyes what you see, It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings. Be careful little feet where you go. For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow.
(chorus) It's a slow fade when you give yourself away. It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray. Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid When you give yourself away. People never crumble in a day It's a slow fade.
(2) Be careful little ears what you hear When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near. Be careful little lips what you say, For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray. (Chorus)
(3)-The journey from your mind to your hands Is shorter than you're thinking Be careful if you think you stand You just might be sinking.
It's a slow fade when you give yourself away. It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray. Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid. When you give yourself away. People never crumble in a day.Daddies never crumble in a day, Families never crumble in a day.

Oh be careful little eyes what see, Oh be careful little eyes what you see, For the Father up above is looking down in love Oh be careful little eyes what you see.-

The song has so much truth to it! If we are not vigilant in our lives and keep Christ as our focal point, everything we thought to be important will begin to fade away. We will one day look around and wonder what happened. How our lives became the way they are, how our families fell apart, how a marriage fell apart, how we became so distant from the One who loves us so much. If you have not seen this movie I suggest it highly, not just for the married people either. If you are single, go see it. It will help you watch for pitfalls when you do get married.

If God has knocked on a heart's door so many times with no answer, if He is no longer present in a life, if the little things grow into big things and cause great heartache, it is as if death by fire is being asked for.

I close with this thought. Remember life is not fireproof. Without God, life will amount to nothing and burn in the flames. Life is like a fading leaf (Isaiah 64:6), here one minute and gone then next. Our lives might not be fireproof but God gave us a guidebook to live by- the Bible. We must make sure we have God in our lives and are trying our best to live by His guidelines or we begin asking for death by fire.

Until next time,