Sparks, embers, and fire

Whether it’s a wood-burning stove, an open fireplace, a campfire, or a barbecue, the conventional wisdom is, don’t let the fire go out! Even if left unattended for a period, fires can be coaxed back if there are just a few embers, or even a tiny smoldering spark. Allowed to go out means starting over.

Translating this wisdom to spiritual progress, individual and collective, the reasoning holds up. It is far more expedient to steadily advance in spiritual growth and understanding than it is to erratically peak and then languish. And certainly allowing the natural love for God and man to be extinguished, however temporarily, is no one’s true inclination. That can only be attributed to an opposing and erroneous encroachment of the carnal mind. 

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August 20, 2012
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