Simply Hot Air Seeking An Outlet
Or An Inspiration Taking Flight?
After us they’ll fly in hot air balloons, coat styles will change, perhaps they’ll discover a sixth sense and cultivate it, but li…fe will remain the same, a hard life full of secrets, but happy. And a thousand years from now man will still be sighing, “Oh! Life is so hard!” and will still, like now, be afraid of death and not want to die.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
A response I once made to a friend produced one of my “AHA” moments, and the revelation which has led (or perhaps guided is a better word) to today’s post. In contemplating the thoughts I share with you every day, I must wonder if they are really spiritually driven or merely an excess of hot air needing venting? Do the things I share really make any difference in the lives of people in the world?___I do not see much evidence which would support the truth that it does… at least not in the here and now anyway! And then suddenly I began to think about another whose gift of turning hot air into miracles, and to somehow create beauty and love in the world through words, forever changed the lives of billions of people. And as I pictured the masterpieces He painted with His words, I began to envision in my mind a hot air balloon. You see, collapsed on the ground, it is simply a messy jumble of colored cloth. Yes, it is brightly hued but it also lacks dimension. But add a little hot air, and suddenly, you have a colorful and vivid masterpiece which paints the sky with its amazing beauty!___We face eyes everywhere we turn in the world. Sometimes those eyes are looking to us for answers. Sometimes they are questioning our motives. But since all of those eyes are waiting for a response from us, it is what we do with all of our hot air matters. Oh the power men wield from those words our hot air form. Words of strong leaders have to power to build nations just as words of faith have the power to build bridges to God! I once read somewhere that faith is the mysterious force that once it has entered our hearts, must exit from our mouths through words But once it does, it has the capacity to forever change the world and the lives of those who inhabit it. You see, faith gives words power and it is those powerful words which gives birth to hearts filled with new faith. Romans 10:17 ESV says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”___
Now there are many out there who know God and who hold a deep and abiding faith in their hearts. But, they also fail to share it with others, and the problem with this is that for faith to work its magic, it MUST be shared! Romans 10: 8-10 NIV reaffirms this imperative! “But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. “___So if you ever wonder at what exactly your hot air has the power to do, just remember the power the words of Jesus Christ had in changing the dynamic of the world forever. Let your faith shine through your words, but choose carefully the words you want the world to know about your faith, lest they be only hot air that shares nothing!
“Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak,”
2 Corinthians 4: 13 ESV
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