i was a pastor for a lot of years. i saw a lot of people who wanted to have a passion for GOD. i could see it in their eyes. yet they couldn’t sustain it. i can tell you without a shadow of a doubt where that passion began to fall off.
the first step is always the same first step. they stopped being around GOD’s people. they stopped going to church. they stopped hanging around other people who had the same passion. it’s like, “it’s after CHRISTmas. winter’s coming. i won’t come as often. it’s just so cold”
it’s like that old picture of if you take a coal out of a fire and put it off to itself it gets cold. you put it back in the fire, it warms up again. GOD made us all like that. we need other people in our lives in order to sustain the passion in our lives.
hebrews 10.24-25 (niv), let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. let us not give up meeting together but let us encourage one another.
who do you need to encourage and who needs to encourage you? if we’re going to sustain passion we need other people in our lives.
just a thought from the front porch…