Snap, Crackle, Pop!

Yesterday I built the first fire in the fireplace of the house I am renting now. It was a cold and rainy day outside and I was writing thoughts, journaling and putting my ideas on paper so that I don't forget them. As the wood began to burn and it got hotter, it started to crackle and pop. It was going all rice crispies on me! The only thing missing was the snap!

The hotter it got, the more it popped. I thought about anger. The more angry that a person gets the more you may start to hear(and feel) the pop. It may be something that someone says, an action done in haste...whatever it was, the heat is rising and the possibility for popping is certain. As I sat there with my laptop and Chai Tea by the fire, I was caught up by other thoughts and articles I was writing. Forty minutes later I noticed that the fire had burned down, it was not as hot as it used to be and the popping... well it was gone. Apply that to this spirit of anger and you can surmise that if we could just carry on and keep moving ahead we could eliminate the possibility of losing our temper and popping. Unfortunately, many times we retaliate or talk back which is the equivalent of throwing another log on the fire. The bible says that a "soft answer" can turn away wrath. I would add to that so can moving on in a positive direction.

It takes two people to argue. It takes two people to fight...unless you like punching yourself! So the next time that someone throws a log on your fire, don't blow on it...let it burn down and eventually it will burn out. Leave the snap, crackle and pop to rice krispies!


Randy said…
Bodie talked tonight about "Spiritual Season". He related the changing of the season from summer to fall to winter, as being similar to seasons that we go through as believers. I don't know where I got this, but as he talked, I was reminded of an illustration. During the late fall and winter months, two trees standing in the forest are both bare of leaves. One tree may be alive, but you have to peel the bark back to see any signs of green. That is just like us as believers, we can stand with other people, but often times a passer by may not be able to see the "Life" in us until he really gets to know us. We should really strive for the love of God to shine through at all times.