A fire with only one log

For the last couple of years, I have lived in a home with a wood burning stove that we use for heat. I had never had an opportunity to enjoy that experience before, and prior to living in this home, I knew little to nothing about fire building.

One thing that I have discovered, however, strikes me as profoundly reflective of a larger truth:

It is nearly impossible to build or maintain a fire with only one log.

It has nothing to do with the amount of wood in that log, either, but simply the fact that one log alone cannot maintain its own heat. If you split that same log into multiple pieces, you have a chance to maintain the fire. The pieces feed on the heat of one another and contain that heat together. I can’t necessarily explain all the scientific details to you, but I have definitely found it to be true.

This is a lot like life, isn’t it? Any isolated individual who is left to support himself spiritually and¬†emotionally will struggle. The only hope for such a man is the fact that the Lord never leaves His own entirely by themselves, for He is with them even if no others are. Even so, however, it is God’s design that we are far more able to thrive and grow as we live in fellowship with other men and women who help us maintain and build up our fire.

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About amspencer1984

I am a Christian who desires to serve in God's kingdom in the best way possible. I have served as a foreign missionary in southern Mexico. I have worked as a youth minister at my local church of Grace Baptist in Dickson, TN. I have also recently begun to write books with a desire to help others grow in life. I hope that they are helpful and effective in doing that. I have been married to Alicia Spencer since 2003. We have six children and give thanks to God for all of them.
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