Senior Editor– Cedric Nettles
Who is the fine gentleman holding the flame you may ask? He is known in Greek mythology as Prometheus. As a very passionate story teller I am a sucker for a good tale to share, so here goes. The story tells how Prometheus stole fire from Zeus in order to help mankind. In short, Zeus felt some type of way about Prometheus’s disobedience and punished him in torturous fashion. Though he meant well, I always wondered why Zeus the king of gods felt that way. If you are pretty well versed in Greek mythology you know the gods looked at humans as ants, and would not hesitate to make an example of anyone. They had no chill. Why torture Prometheus as a result of his act of nobility when the fire could never be used against Mount Olympus?
Well that is what great stories do, they provoke thought and inner debate. Let’s think of fire for a bit. It is power in itself. Yet to the bearer of fire, it can be a tool for good. Fire can build tools and hope just as well as build weapons. Perhaps Zeus may have felt that humans could not handle such power yet. Of course to scholars and admirers of this story alike, that notion is debatable.
Yes I am using this story about fire as an analogy of power and authority that can be handed to us in life. Are we mature enough to handle that power? One bit of fire igniting on the wrong material with nothing to control it is a very dangerous thing. So power in the hands of people who can’t keep their egos in check is like a fiery torch on an unsupervised haystack.
My faith in God has taught me two things. If any promotion, bit of authority, or material gain is handed to me I should always think of how I affect others with it…Secondly that flame handed to me by Him signifies I am ready, and should never operate in fear. We at times have to remember the flame placed in our hands was earned by getting scorched by the fires of life’s worries and challenges. Ironically, He uses that fire to shape our character, to have a respect for what fire can do so we won’t destroy others or ourselves with it. When power is given, do good with it. Fire does not make gold…It makes gold better. Use the flame responsibly and be the ‘fire starter’ you are called to be to serve others… Prometheus would be proud.