If You Catch on Fire, People Will Watch You Burn
Why is it that when people drive by an accident along the road we want to slow down and look. What is this attraction?
According to Roland Maiuro, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington, we tend to look at car accidents because “The accident provides a close encounter without yourself being directly involved being put at risk.”
In a paper on our fascination with crashes both economic and vehicular, the researchers equate driving with gambling and say the joy is greater because of the risk.
If you extrapolate this out, then, watching car crashes makes driving more exciting because we’re somehow more aware of the risk but, simultaneously, less attached to the actual consequences.
Maybe this why I like car racing?
People are looking for something to get excited about.
John Wesley said, “When you set yourself on fire, people will come and see you burn.”
When you are firmly grounded in your true passion you are on fire for life.
Life is a journey much more than it is a destination. Finding one’s passion can take years to find and often does. There are a few who find their fire early on. But there’s something to be said for the knowledge and experience you pick up along life’s path. Whether you have found your fire or are still in search of your passion, here are eight tips to keep you moving forward.
1.) Live with an open mind and open heart.
2.) The darkest hour is just before dawn.
4.) Let the bridges you burn light your way.
5.) Eagles soar alone while buzzards flock together.
6.) Always be thankful for what you have.
7.) Listen to your gut.
8.) Follow your heart.
10.) Never give up. Be patience.
God has given each of us a purpose, a fire. Whatever yours is, set yourself a blaze and let them watch you burn with passion.
As a Christian, part of our purpose is to share God’s message and look for the lost.
In Luke 15:1-10 Jesus tells a couple of stories about looking for things that are lost. One is looking for a single lost sheep. The shepherd doesn’t need to be concerned with the ninety-nine that are safe.
The other story is about a woman who has ten coins and losses one. She is looking for the single missing coin…the others are safe.
If you’re lost, look for the Shepherd and let Him find you. If not, then look for lost sheep.
Catch fire and let people see you burn. The brighter your fire burns the more people you can help find their way. Just be sure that it’s the right fire.