That I MAY burn brighter


The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till light of day. Proverbs 4:18.

Growing up in the early eighties, I cherished sitting on my specially made wooden stool in my grandmother’s mud kitchen to watch her make fire from pieces of crushed, dry palm kernel shells and sludge-like fibers gotten from the mills after palm oil has been processed. She handpicks each item – firewood, coconut shell, crushed palm kernel shells, three stones and then strikes a match. She keeps adjusting all the materials till the teeny-weeny fire burns brightly. Then she balances the cooking pot. The cracking sound as the firewood burns out, the peculiar smell of fire and heat in the small kitchen sets the stage for meal time.

If it does not burn, it is not fire. If it does not shine, it is not the sun. Some things are just clear cut. It is either day or night. White or black. A Christian is either growing in faith or floundering in fear. No in-between. God’s mind for you and I is point blank in Proverbs 4:18.

Increase. Multiplication. Brighter. Better. Hopeful. More. Fulfillment. Add to the list.

Like the sun, rise up every morning and be determined to shine against all odds. Be poised to face your challenges head-on. Let the month of May offer you another opportunity to make a landmark and shine ever brightly.May your journey also be smooth this MAY!