- Written by James Henline
One of things I enjoy as a pastor is working from public places. It allows me to see what everyday people are struggling with or excited about in their lives. It also gives me an opportunity to get to know people and interact with them, instead of spending all day in my office.
This past week I went to Cracker Barrel and asked for a seat near the fireplace. I love being near a good fire, and if I am not careful I can get caught daydreaming in front of a fireplace. As I sat there, this particular day, I got caught starring into this fireplace. It had a good fire, and you could feel the intense heat from many feet away.
I have heard others talk about this thought and I experience it first-hand this week. As I stared into the heart of the fire, I could not help but notice how red and hot the coals were in the middle. But as I looked around there were some coals that had gotten separated from the fire and instead of being red, they were black and smoldering.