Do Not Ever Be Afraid Of Ashes

What seems like Ashes in your life
Can be the actual fertilizer
that grows your life.
Souls grow most in soil
Made rich by Ashes.

Fire makes a fertilizer for growth, and
Ashes can be the best soil for
The best soul growth — period.

That flame of
the Unexpected,
the Unwanted,
the Unnerving,
that can make
Kindling of your life,
that disaster that burns up
Your people
and burns down
Your dreams?

What you can’t explain in your life
Could be explained as gift.

The Way of Abundance ~ Ann Voskamp

Authentic God experience always “burns” you, yet it does not destroy you (Exodus 3:2-3), just as the burning bush revealed to Moses. But most of us are not prepared for such burning, nor even told to expect it. By definition, authentic God experience is always “too much”! It consoles our True Self only after it has devastated our false self.  —Richard Rohr

From Ashes to Growth

What Have I Been Given?

Little or much it does not matter, for what do I have which has not first been given to me?

Natural ability or talent? I may exploit such things given as a rite of birth, for glory or self fulfillment…for these things desire an outlet in performance and achievement.  But to keep that glory for myself is to stunt and strangle their potential to bless and encourage others.

What do I have which has not first been given to me?

Strength and good health? The first and greatest wealth I can possess…do I use my strong arms and back to assist those less fortunate, or do I assume a posture of superiority over those who are sick from disease or depression?

What do I have which has not first been given to me?

Knowledge and wisdom? What I know and understand I have gleaned from others who faithfully broadcast their life experiences; whether in their doing or in their writing…I receive the benefit of their insights because they first gave.

What do I have which has not first been given to me?

Success and wealth? Whatever of these I have amassed, I have as the result of hard work plus ability plus good health plus knowledge. All these things which have already been given to me by others. To curb an appetite for more,  I find I must refuse attachment and disseminate liberally so as to allow these gifts to do the greatest good.

What do I have which has not first been given to me?

Love and family? By birth and marriage and acquaintance, I have family.
I love and I am loved. I complete and I am completed. The circle of love does
not, cannot end with me…but like everything else, it grows and extends from
me when it contributes to others.

Yes, I have been given much indeed…and the requirement, the responsibility that comes with receiving these gifts, is indeed great; but greater still is the loss, the loss for me, the loss for others, if I fail to recognize and fail to act upon this knowledge…that what has been given is a gift…to sharewithout measure.

Successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place and not just take from it. Carrie Underwood

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12:48 (Holy Bible, New Living Translation)