Sorry, I have to be quite honest. I am burdened. I'll try to explain...
It's like this: I feel like I am becoming numbed to the worldliness of the world. Yes, I'm serious. Do you ever feel that way? I feel sometimes that I am far too immersed in the things of this world, but also, and this is the core of my burden, too immersed in the places of this world. You see, in nature, in the wilderness, God is there. Oh yes, He is everywhere, but He is much easier to feel when you're out there. If you haven't experienced it, please try it. You won't regret it. But what I'm getting at, is that our enemy makes his headquarters in town. And it's dangerous. It's like a fire. I once read a parallel written by W.D. Frazee, about the city. I'll try to share it, with my own ideas mixed in. Let's say your neighbors' house is on fire. And they are still in there. You love your neighbors, and so you run into the house, to save them. While in there, you decide to check out their kitchen, and see if you can come up with some ideas for designing your own. And then, you go and see what's on the news. “What?!” I can hear you say. “How insane!” Exactly. That is exactly my burden. Instead of going into the house to take our time and enjoy ourselves, we save our neighbors, and get out. When we go into the city, it should be to save our neighbors. Not to have fun! Because, let me tell you from firsthand experience, you will be scarred. You will be burned! I know, because I have been. But if we are going in there to save our neighbors, we have the protection of the Master. He's experienced at saving people. He knows the danger, but He also knows how to avoid it. You may think I am crazy, you may think I am an extremist. Maybe I am. I only know how it has scarred me. That's how I can share this. I know how it burned some of my friends to death. I guess I just want to submit that we as Christians be on guard. And make sure of our purpose. Because friends, if we don't, by God's grace, have a strong purpose, there is someone who has a purpose for us. And that is to get burned.
And I don't want that.
Please join me in seeking His purpose.
Your fellow fireman,