Life Is A Coin…

This particular post is not my own original writing. I received this message from my mom, and found such beauty in the illustration, that I wanted to share it with you all. I hope that, above all else, this inspires you. I hope it encourages you through your hardship and nurtures patience and trust in your heart.


Malachi 3:3 says: ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.’


This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: ‘He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.’

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, ‘How do you know when the silver is fully refined?’

He smiled at her and answered, ‘Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.’


If you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

“Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.”


8 thoughts on “Life Is A Coin…

  1. Hello,
    I never heard of you until today when I came across an article about you trying out for LSU’s football team. I know you said you’re not doing it for publicity, but that’s how I ended up here. I took the last couple hours reading your amazing testimony and very, very good biblical articulation of what it means to be a godly man. I wanted to say thank you for being so honest about your faith.

    I was also reminded of Augustine’s “Confessions” while reading about your 2011 journey of spiritual fasting. He asked of God, “Give what you command, and then command whatever you will,” and later wrote, “Why follow your flesh, perverted soul? Rather let it follow you, once you are converted.” I was extremely encouraged by your convictions to do likewise and by the exponential increase of your faith and love for God. I hope and pray that your spiritual journey will be even more fruitful in the years to come, and that God will use you mightily for the renown of His kingdom.

  2. That was just what I needed for today. Thanks for sharing that story.

    I know this week is important to you but just know that God has His plan in motion for your life. You glorify Him in everything you do, and I pray His bountiful blessing upon you. I can only hope His path allows you to play for LSU! GEAUX MO!

  3. I love this illustration! it reminded me of a poem that I read once during a bible study in which we talked about this same thing šŸ™‚

    The Refiner’s Fire

    He sat by the fire of seven-fold heat,
    As He watched by the precious ore.
    And closer He bent with a searching gaze
    As He heated it more and more.

    He knew He had ore that could stand the test
    And He wanted the finest gold,
    To mold as a crown for the King to wear,
    Set with gems of price untold.

    So He laid our gold in the burning fire,
    Though we fain would have said Him, “Nay.”
    And He watched the dross that we had not seen,
    As it melted and passed away.

    And the gold grew brighter, and yet more bright
    And our eyes were so dim with tears,
    As we saw the fire, not the Master’s hand,
    And questioned with anxious fear.

    Yet our gold shone out with a richer glow,
    As it mirrored a Form above
    That bent o’er the fire, though unseen by us
    With a look of infinite love.

    Can we think that it pleases His loving heart
    To cause a moment of pain?
    Ah, no, but He saw through the present cross
    The bliss of eternal gain.

    So He waited there with a watchful eye,
    With a love that is strong and sure,
    And His gold did not suffer a bit more heat
    Than was needed to make it pure!

  4. I am so proud of you!!! I have been praying for you to do your best at tryouts. Thank you for sharing your testimony. Although we have never met, I feel like we are friends.
    Keep shining!

  5. I love this post, I love your writing! I am glad you’re able to spread the word of the Lord to provide enrichment to others in there life long journey to meeting our creator. I hope to be a big supporter for you because it’s people like you that make be still find hope around every corner that living a life for the Lord isn’t a lost cause. Keep writing, keep being a go inspirations to others! God Bless!

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