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Refiner’s fire


Refiner’s fire

Life teaches us one thing that there is “No Escape” from troubles and problems, worries and distress for anyone on the face of the earth.  No one can be a fugitive to life’s struggles.

So, going through the furnace of affliction in life is a process to decontaminate from things that contaminate us. I believe this is good for ‘life’ because it brings about perseverance, and perseverance brings character, and character brings hope, and hope does not disillusion us.

The goldsmith refines gold placed in a metal container over the hottest fire and then as the gold begins to melt and bubble in the heat, all the scum, the impurities and contaminations would rise to the surface.  He would then skim them off as they rose up and he would go on skimming until there is no impurity left in the gold.  The hotter the furnace, the more impurities are brought to the surface. 

Then the final testing would be to look into the surface of the gold to check if he is able to see his own face mirrored in the gold.

Likewise in our life’s furnace of affliction – all our conceit, selfishness, pride, anger, rebelliousness, the deception that contaminates our character is skimmed off.  This skimming goes on till we reflect God’s nature in us and then when the process is successful; we will be taken out of the furnace, shining as gold.

So, let Him refine you!

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What would you like your epitaph to be?

I am sure it has occurred to you that one day your time on earth will come to an end. And for me – the way it will come to an end – often scares me. And then you will be buried somewhere and people will gather around you to have a last look at you and some might commemorate you. After you are buried a headstone with your epitaph is inscribed for an elegant and befitting memorial tribute for generations to see.

Once a person said, “I don’t care what people would say about me once am dead.” But a few will, a few wise people will.

Here’s the question:
What would you like your epitaph to be on your headstone?

It is by the way you live now, you write our own funeral speech. So if one was read out for you today, how would it sound? It is a period of mourning of course, and so I am sure that everyone would want to honour the dead by saying nice things about him or her. A good funeral speech is far from the last word.

Here are some who had it this way on their stone:

Poof! That was fun.

Yay, it’s over!

Do not weep at my burial pit.

I’ll be back!

You are next!

Totally worth it!

I am not leaving you this soon!

When you seriously start thinking about what your eulogy would say then maybe you will notice some real transformations taking place in you. So give it a solemn thought!

Though life is tough, the lessons we learn from it are worth it, and it eventually helps us to live a life worthy of the best eulogy imaginable. So live wise, love life and live strong, God is on our side.

The routine of life must be “happiness and hard work” and it would be preposterous for you to waste your life doing unworthy stuff and living in oblivion. You can make your life uninspiring, dull and monotonous by the way you live.

Change it! Get God! Get help! And live life to the fullest! You have a long way to go!

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Proverbs 21:21 says this:

Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honour.

Psalm 16:11 

You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.