Embrace the F.I.R.E.!
April 8, 2009 Leave a comment
Fierce Intensity Resulting in Excellence
“Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns.” 1 Peter 1:7 (CEV)
Fire is one of those elements that causes fear and fascination all at the same time. It’s something that’s mesmerizing to watch, but not something that you want to get too close to. It’s something, that when contained in a fireplace, is used to provide warmth. However, if it gets outside of its stone or brick confinement, it can destroy the house in which its container resides.
Fire burns. Fire causes extreme pain. But fire is also extremely valuable. It works as a purifying agent that extracts contaminants from gold in the refining process. The more pure the gold, the more value that is has.
In our economy the value of an item increases based on its increase in demand relative to the available supply. The price skyrockets for precious metals like gold if there is a belief in the marketplace that they are scarce. This is especially true for gold. Since April 2001 the gold price has more than tripled in value against the US dollar, due to the increase demand (Source: Wikipedia).
Fire is not just good for gold. It’s good for you too. God doesn’t use fiercely intense situations – relational, familial, financial, health, character, career, and others – to harm you. Instead His intentions are that the outcome of those situations would result in the excellence of your character. He uses F.I.R.E. to purify your character, so that He can trust you with greater opportunities for influence.
How does this work? For those who successfully endure the fires of life, your demand increases exponentially. The reason is most people are not willing to intentionally put themselves in difficult, intense situations to grow and mature. They don’t understand that those situations are meant to prepare, perfect, and position them for greater opportunities and responsibilities.
Once you come through the F.I.R.E., you have invaluable experiences, qualified character traits, and proven talents that people are willing to pay for. All of a sudden you become a rare commodity whose value increases exponentially!
If you want to be the best you have to be willing to endure more than the rest. So, don’t fight the F.I.R.E. Embrace it!
Paul Wilson, Jr.
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