*****Today’s post is written for the link-up at Five Minute Friday. Our prompt for today is the word, “refine”.*****
Today I’m thinking about the word, “refine”, and the first thing that comes to mind is the process using fire that refines gold.
According to Oxford Living Dictionaries, the definition of refine is,
“Remove impurities or unwanted elements from (a substance), typically as part of an industrial process”,
“Make minor changes so as to improve or clarify (a theory or method)”.
This is enlightening to me. What will I allow to refine my life?
I have many “unwanted elements” (weaknesses and shortcomings) and “impurities” (sins) that I would wish to have removed from me. I also wish to continue to make small changes to improve my life.
I can study and learn to work at it myself, and that may help some. I can spend time with people I admire and look up to and glean both from what I see in them and from what they may share with me, and that may help me to grow.
But most of all, I want to allow God to refine me.
The best ways I know of to do just that are spending time communicating with him in prayer (both speaking and patiently listening), and reading the Bible. Many say it is like a love letter from God to us, and I also like to think of it as an instruction manual for life, written by the One who created me.
There are also negative forces all around me that would seek to divert my attention and distract me, drawing me away from God and doing what’s best for me and those around me.
I need to be intentional with my time, my thoughts, my words, my actions, and even in helping to direct my wavering emotions. I desire strength to withstand the onslaught of negativity and evil that exists in the world around us.
Lord, help me to allow you and the good influences you’ve provided all around me to refine me, making me more and more into the person I was truly created to be. Then I will find fulfillment and be a blessing to those around me, and shine like gold that comes out of the fire refined.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” – Romans 5:3-5, NLT