Keep the Fire Burning

Posted: November 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | 5 Comments »

This past August, my good friend Bill and I went camping at the Stillwater Reservoir east of Loweville. Wow, what a beautiful place. It was incredibly peaceful. We arrived after 7pm, set the tent up, and then started a fire for dinner.

Our first attempt wasn’t too great, but after rearranging the wood and finding more dry kindling, (and a touch of gasoline!) our fire was roaring! A few steaks, some mac and cheese, and a little Mt. Dew later, and the fire was smoldering. Time for some more wood.

Our fire was once again restored to it’s three foot glory! It kept us warm for a few more hours before we turned in for the night.

It reminds me of Matthew 24:12-13 “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” ESV

It says their love will grow cold, smolder, be of no worth or good.  How does that happen?


A fire has to be tended to or it eventually just goes out.  Wood needs to be added, rearranged, or more potent fuel added to keep it going.

So what are you doing to keep the fire going? Whether it be your relationship with God, or your relationship with your spouse? Is business keeping you from tending to these relationships?

Take some time today to see if your fires are getting a little cold, and if so, take whatever measures necessary to turn them back in to raging infernos!

  • Christian Fahey

    Excellent post, Moon. Entropy being what it is, we can’t expect fire to stay hot without maintenance nor relationships. Great pic as well!

  • Beth

    Great post baby!

  • C.R. Mooney

    Christian, thanks! That is our fire and bill’s boat. Was an incredible place.

    Beth, thanks and love you!

  • Ron

    Great post Chris…and Christian, that’s so incredibly true!

    The best way to keep the fire going is by understanding WHY you’re building the fire in the first place. In this case, the reward of survival in the form of warmth, light, and a means of cooking gives you a motive to build a fire and keep it going, even when you might not necessarily “feel like it.” Entropy being what it is, we seldom feel like taking the action necessary, but as I heard from an amazing preacher-man just yesterday (Christopher Hopper) “If your heart follows your vision, eventually your heart will be in the vision”

  • C.R. Mooney

    Great point Ron. The good news that Jesus saves means little to nothing if we don’t first understand we need saving.

    and CH, well, he’s great at busting those one liners out.