Today’s prompt for Five Minute Friday, hosted by Heading Home, is the word REFINE. Five minutes, no editing, just free writing.
Refine. That makes me think of the process of making metals stronger. Or making something better. Refine.
So what refines?
Encouragement – Building each other up (I Thess 5:11) is a way of refining others and ourselves.
Redirection – When we rethink what we need to do and change the way we are heading, we are refining our goals and our hoped outcomes. (Job 11:13)
Criticism – When someone lets us know something is not right, we have opportunity to refine whatever it is. Or we get mad. But if we refine that something, we are better for it.
Trials and Tribulations – When we go through something difficult, painful, hard. . . we get stronger and become more of who we should be.
God refines us when he works on our hearts. That refining is a very good thing because it brings us closer to HIM. (Zechariah 13:9)
Sometimes it is easy. Sometimes it is not. Sometimes we know it is happening. Sometimes we have no clue we are being refined. And in being refined, we are being made better, stronger, and more like HIM.
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