Living in Victoria is always a bit of a gamble when it comes to the weather. Even when it’s Spring time you can be looking for the suntan lotion one week and then digging out the thermals the next week! The other week I actually considered lighting our open fire.
A match is very helpful to light a fire. But a match can’t work on its own. It needs a surface to connect with. Once the match and the surface come together, they can make fire. Fire can be fierce and burn and destroy. Or it can be used to give warmth and boil water and cook food for sustenance.
Likewise a relationship takes two people. They need to come together and connect on various levels. If not watched closely, relationships too can become destructive. But the best of relationships make something beautiful. They not only bring out the best in each of the people but they can also add warmth and comfort to those around them.
If a fire is not cared for and constantly fed, then the flames can go out and the embers can turn cold.
So too in our relationships. If we stop working at them then they soon become cool and stop being life giving.
The wonderful thing is that the Creator of fire is also the Creator of love, and He is with us always. He has a never ending supply of love that we can all receive and we can also draw from it to share with others.
Lord, you are the true life-giver. May we in turn strive to bring life and not destruction to those we are in community with. Amen.
How are your relationships going? Are they giving life or turning destructive?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.