"Shining is always costly…Burning must come before shining…We cannot be of great use to others without cost to ourselves." ~Streams in the Desert
II Timothy 4:7-8 "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness…"
There's no crown without there first being a fight.
Our trial is working out a beautiful crown of witness to the glory of God our Father.
"We are apt to feel that we are doing the greatest good in the world when we are strong, and able for active duty…But, if we are patient and submissive, it is almost certain that we are a greater blessing to the world in our time of suffering and pain than we were in the days we thought we were doing the most of our work." ~Streams in the Desert
The Lord does not want our strength. He wants our weakness.
II Corinthians 12:9 "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
He has promised a rich reward for those who fight a good fight, finish the course and keep the faith. Oh, I want to be numbered in that crowd, don't you?
So, let us shine brightly for Him…even if it means we are consumed in the burning. It is my hope that others see Him in the reflection of my flame.
"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine…
Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine."