Daniel 3:22  Because the king was in such a hurry and the furnace was so hot, flames from the
furnace killed the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to it,
 
Faith Meter
 
Giving in and giving up seems to be an easy way out some days when the burdens and trials and pressures of life pile up.  Instead of looking  for a light at the end of the tunnel, we decide to just sit right down in the middle of the darkness and hang out.  We give up on ourselves a lot but what about when we give up on others?  It is bad to give up on ourselves but even worse when we give up on somebody else.  We sometimes turn our backs on troubled souls, and leave them to stumble in the darkness of this world, throw them to the wolves so to speak. When we lose hope for others and give up trying to show them there is a great light they can find, who knows what effect that will have on their lives, or maybe even on their very souls. If you had the power to give someone hope of heaven or leave them lost in darkness  to possibly be cast into the fires of hell  would you turn your back and give up on them so quickly?
In the Book of Daniel we find the very familiar story of the fiery furnace. Three were cast in.  The fire was so hot that when  the three were thrown in, it killed the guards who did the throwing. The three men stood strong in the fire,  and  survived because of their great faith. If their faith hadn't have been strong how different the story would have been. 
In the world their are many who have no faith, some who have little faith and a few who have great faith as
Shadrach of Meshach; and Abedneg did  No matter where a person falls on the fait meter, those of us who claim any faith should be very careful who we give up on and toss in the fire. Sometimes it seems so much easier to look the other way and ignore those with little faith stumbling in the darkness. Even if you think your effort will be worthless,  take the time to direct them toward the light and build their faith.  Remember the guards in Daniel were killed when they  thought another  person to be worthless.
Be careful who you give up on. You might be tossing them toward the very fires of hell and their faith might not be strong enough to survive.
 
 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
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Children of Light
 
It is the last week of July and if you look around,ignore the 100 plus degree temperatures, you might get the impression Summer is winding down.  Every where you look there is a back to school sign. The signs don't lie   School officially starts for some next week.  There was a time the end of July was about the half way point of summer vacation. Back then school started back  around September 15th.  The times they are changing I guess, but school or no school Summer ain't over till the temperature drops at least below 90. 
All my l ife I heard, "The Bibles says a time is coming when the changing of the seasons can only  be detected   by the budding of the trees," but I never heard anything about the day coming when new school seasons could be detected only by back to school signs popping up everywhere.  And by the way, I searched the Bible for the verse that says what I was told the Bible said, but didn't find an exact match. This reminded me to always make sure the Bible says what someone tells you it says
Which brings me to the subject I want to talk about in the first place this last week of July Bible. Today was the last session of a summer outreach for children at a local apartment complex. School is starting back you know.   The last few weeks we have had some older children, teens actually, coming who are very disrespectful and disruptive.  We don't want to turn anyone away. If we did, the whole purpose of reaching out would be defeated.  Our little classroom, that I like to think of as a little church,  lately has reminded me of scenes from a movie I saw once about a group of students who did all that was humanly possible to make teaching impossible.
Today at least fifteen minutes passed by with nothing being accomplished rather than outburst after outburst.  Then something amazing happened.
Two or three of the children went to the front to sit on a table they had been asked not to sit on. They also began to pick up supplies that had been brought in for the lesson.  One little girl asked, " Is this what we are doing for craft today?"  The teacher who was attempting to teach said, "No, no craft today, there is not going to be time now because all the time that has been wasted."  The children were then asked to be quite again and again and asked to leave the supplies alone.  One of the supply meddlers was one of the older teens.  He picked up the Bible and began to read it aloud.  His purpose he thought when he began was to be cute and put on a show.  He began to read at the very beginning. He read about darkness and light. He read that God said it was good.  He then said in his best teacher voice, "Ok do y'all understand God made light, if He hadn't done that we would be here in the dark?"  After he said that, it was like a light went on.  He begin to understand respect, that he certainly appeared to have none of for anyone.  But when he read God's Word  out loud, he felt the power of the Word, the power of God , and he could not, not respect Him.
He then became the teacher for real.  He read the entire passage of scripture which was the planned lesson for today. He read about Daniel in the lion's den.  The room was so quite. It was, as I said, very amazing to watch. It was definitely a miracle from God, a sign I guess you could say, happening right before our eyes on the last week of July, the very hot unofficial end of Summer.
We are children of light, not of darkness.  The Light is always with us.  Sometime it takes a little darkness to make us truly appreciate the Great Light that is so good. That's no lie.