DayBreaks for 3/08/18: The Perils of a Cold Heart
NOTE: Galen is traveling this week.
From the DayBreaks archive, March 2008:
An early candidate for 1998’s “Darwin Award” (an annual “award” given to the stupidest thing that someone did during the year – usually awarded posthumously), from Remy, France: “Jacques LeFevrier left nothing to chance when he decided to commit suicide. He stood at the top of a tall cliff and tied a noose around his neck. He tied the other end of the rope to a large rock. He drank some poison and set fire to his clothes. He even tried to shoot himself at the last moment. He jumped and fired the pistol. The bullet missed him completely and cut through the rope above him. Free of the threat of hanging, he plunged into the sea. The sudden dunking extinguished the flames and made him vomit the poison. He was dragged out of the water by a kind fisherman and was taken to a hospital, where he died of hypothermia.”
I’ve wondered what makes people contemplate suicide. I understand financial stress, grief, despair, anxiety, depression, etc. – at least at some level. I’ve never reached the point where I felt that life was so hopeless that I had no other option. I have had friends who have committed suicide and it is heartbreaking. I don’t know what problems were hounding Mr. LeFevrier, but he was determined to leave nothing to chance. As it turns out, it wasn’t the noose, the poison, the fire, the pistol or the fall that took his life. It wasn’t even really something external – but something internal. His core body temperature fell to such a low level that his organs couldn’t do their job – his heart and brain stopped.
So it is with us. It isn’t the things around us that will prove our undoing – it is what is within us. Matthew 24:12 says: Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold… . We can spend great amounts of energy and time to make sure the circumstances surrounding our life are just right, leaving no stone unturned in our efforts. We can install backup system after backup system to make sure our life is planned to the smallest detail. But you know what? Those things don’t matter. They are just details. What matters is what is within. Is your heart on fire after God, or is it cold and unfunctioning? When Jesus once again comes crashing through the barriers of time and space with a trumpet blast and the earth and the heavens are consumed with flaming fire all the backup plans we may make prior to then will go up in smoke – literally! But it is the heart and what is in it that will determine what happens next.
What is your core heart temperature? What are you doing to fuel the fire of your heart towards greater love and service to God and His creation? Mr. LeFevrier never would have guessed in his wildest dreams that he would have died of coldness. I hope and pray that coldness doesn’t claim any of us!
PRAYER: You are a consuming fire, Your Spirit appeared as tongues of fire…light our hearts on fire that they may never grow cold, lest we die. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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