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posted by Brett on 2012-05-11

You know... when I was a kid, I use to love starting fires.  I was what you would call a “fire bug”.  I was the typical, outdoors kid, who loved burning bugs and starting little fires with a magnifying glass.  The smaller the dot, the hotter it got (those who’ve done it, know what I’m talking about).  As a kindergartner, I even set our whole front yard on fire and almost burnt our house down... but that’s another story for another time (my parents surely thought I was a troubled kid).


As I’ve gotten older, the fires have gotten bigger.  However, I’m not as fond of fires as I use to be.  When I was younger I use to enjoy starting them, but since I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that sometimes they’re really hard to put out and can also cause a lot of damage.  There’s a reason why they call it “wild fire”, because sometimes they’re uncontrollable and can get out of hand real quick.  If you’ve ever tried to beat a fire out, in the midst of beating out one fire, many times you can cause 3 or 4 more.  Yeah.... NO FUN!  Springtime is a time to burn off pastures and plant food plots, but I don’t enjoy starting fires anymore like I use to.  It’s more of a chore than an enjoyment now.


James also talks about how the tongue is like a fire and how our mouths can cause a whole lot of damage for ourselves and those around us as well.  Keep that in mind each time you open your mouth.  Are the words you’re speaking building others up or tearing others down.  Be quick to listen, slow to speak and always think before you speak.


“Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.  Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.  The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.  It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”

- James 3:5-6