Looking back to push forward

Life is not always easy to live, but the opportunity to do so is a blessing beyond comprehension. In the process of living we will face struggles, many of which will cause us to suffer and to experience pain or suffer as we watch loved ones struggle. Looking back a year ago today, I am reminded that life is a precious gift. Within minutes, a life that is fully alive can be taken in a blink of an eye. 

We cannot always control everything that happens to us in this life, but if we so choose, we can control how we respond to everything that happens. Count your blessings twice today. 

When extracted from the earth, silver is intertwined with other minerals and trapped within various ores. It requires purification to be made unblemished and untarnished. Purifying silver is a process requiring intentional attention and concentration. The refiner must place the silver ore in the hottest part of the flame and keep an eye on it to know exactly when it’s ready. Being a Christian doesn’t guarantee that we escape the “fires” of life. There are many trials and hard times we will inevitably go through. Yet Malachi 3:3 says that God “will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” This should be a comfort to us. God will watch us the entire time we’re experiencing these times and knows that everything we endure, in the end, is for our own benefit.

He also knows when we’re ready to exit the flame. We leave the fire more refined, less blemished and with a brilliant shine, reflecting even more of His image. Paul tells us to find confidence in this, “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

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