kindle is to light or to set on fire, and when used in terms of emotions, it means to arouse or inspire, to impassion or excite. We talk about love as a flame and the Holy Spirit as a fire and worship as a passion. The thing about fire is that it needs to be fed. It isn’t something that goes on and on on its own. If you starve it of oxygen, it dies. If it runs out of material to burn, it dies. If you freeze it (take away the heat), it will also die. Sometimes the fire doesn’t die out totally, but it slumbers like an ember. It’s hot, glowing, retaining the heat of the fire before it, but it can go both ways: you can pour water over it or cover it with dirt so that it dies out, or you can use it to relight the fire.
Our hearts are like that — not just spiritually, but emotionally too. If you feed your love for God (or your boyfriend), it will grow. If you starve it, or ignore it, or just let it run on its own, it will eventually die out. Surround yourself with people who are passionate about things of God. You may be passionate about the same things or about very different things — but that doesn’t matter. Passion itself is infectious (like a cold virus or a flu) and if you surround yourself with like-minded people — who are passionate about God — it’s easier to keep going. It’s easier to stay focused and to stay impassioned about something. Just don’t make them your sole reason for staying.
Interestingly, kindle is also used to mean to bear young, especially for rabbits. And do you know how rabbits bear young? They have a litter, i.e. many of them at the same time. I’d like to think that being passionate about worship in the church will reproduce many others who are passionate about worshipping God. And the more people you have who share the same heartbeat, the more your team can grow in excellence and in passion.
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About the book:
The Fairy Queen is out for blood. There have been intruders – human intruders – in her domain and she will stop at nothing to find them and kill them. After all, it is only fair. She is only seeking retribution for the death that humans leave in their wake.
But Jane isn’t all that she seems to be. And the events of the night aren’t as innocent as they appear.
A tale of magic, fairy creatures and family, Coexist is a novella for the young and the young-at-heart.
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