Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

fire damage

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going….”

I woke up this morning thinking about fires.   Some friends of ours (who are also in the ministry) had a house fire a little over a week ago.  It started with some sort of spark in the kitchen.  The kitchen is a total loss and they can’t live in their house for possibly three months – maybe more. The fire has done great damage.

It is devastating.  It is painful. It has and will change them.  Please pray for my friends.  They know that God is still on the throne and He loves them.  Yet it is hard.  As with most things, this isn’t the only difficulty in their lives at this moment.  They are on the front lines of battle.  (It is also a great idea to  pray for your pastor and family — ministry is not for the faint of heart.)

There is another kind of fire that was also in my dreams.   James 3  tells us, “See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!”

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going……….”

The words that we speak can start a fire or can fan the flames of an existing fire.  It can cause great damage.

Proverbs 18:21  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Our words can bring comfort or destruction.   As Christians, our words are to build up, not tear down.   Our words should bring unity, not division.

Love is expressed by our words and our deeds.   If we show love but our words are used to tear down — we have not love.  If our words are loving but our actions are cruel – we have not love.

Yet as with any fire, it doesn’t start out a roaring flaming fire.  It is a little spark here or a little spark there.   Before you know it, friendships are severed, churches split, families are destroyed by the sparks of the words spoken.  How it must grieve God.

Two verses come to my aid when it comes to my tongue.  “Out of the heart the mouth speaks”  and “Above all else guard your heart, for out of it flow the wellspring of life”.  When my tongue gets me in trouble it is a heart issue.

Paul sums it up best with these words.

Ephesians 4: 1 -3   “Unity of the Spirit”

1Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to  walk in a manner worthy of the  calling with which you have been called,2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

What are your words doing?

til next time


March 1, 2011 - Posted by | ministry, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , ,


  1. This is a good word.

    Comment by Pastor Curt | March 1, 2011 | Reply

  2. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord my Strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

    Comment by meetingintheclouds | March 1, 2011 | Reply

    • Oh thanks for posting that verse. I love that verse!!!! So very fitting too!!!

      Comment by Gloria | March 1, 2011 | Reply

  3. Beautiful post. Love those scriptures. Living in Australia where there are often natural fires that cause massive destruction it is good to be reminded that negative words can cause even more destruction.

    Comment by Sarah | March 2, 2011 | Reply

    • thanks for stopping by Sarah. I am adding your blog to my list of blogs to visit!

      Comment by Gloria | March 2, 2011 | Reply

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