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Feb. 23, 2004 Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Live with intensity, controlled by the Spirit
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

I certainly hope I am not becoming a "pyromaniac." When I think how many of these articles I have written about fire, you may start to wonder.

Well, the other morning, as I was sitting in front of my woodstove and having my devotions, I was watching a log burn with fury on a hot bed of coals.

As I closed the draft halfway and then glanced back a few minutes later, I couldn't help but notice how different the flames were.

The wild flames had now settled down to slow motion as they danced across the top of the log.

There was also an increase in the integrity of the heat radiating through the glass. The fire was under control and warming efficiently.

Then, I began thinking of how we, as human beings, can be expending a lot of energy in life, but if we aren't under control, we can waste a lot of life in "flames" of activity and often, destruction.

In Proverbs 25:28, we read: "Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control."

I suspect God is delighted when people have yielded control of their will to Him. He desires us to live with an intensity that warms people around us for God.

He loves to be consulted before we go ahead and do things. He loves when, instead of erupting like a volcano, we let him control us by "tempering" our temper.

The next time you see a fire burning, let it be a reminder of your need to let the Lord control your "air-flow." He will help you to be under control ­ whether your car won't start, your child is sick again, or you slide into your neighbor's vehicle.

In these cold days, may our lives radiate a Spirit-controlled flame to a world that is often out of control.

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