2 Thessalonians 1:3: We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.”

Springtime in the desert can be spectacular. With the right amount of rain, desert flowers sprout and spread everywhere in the American Southwest. Brittlebush and California Gold Poppies turn our local deserts into gold. Hikers flock to the desert trails during this popular time of year to take in the beautiful sights. When spring turns into summer, the blazing desert heat puts the growth season temporarily on hold. Spring flowers go dormant and leave seeds behind for the next season.

Flourishing faith reminds me of those resilient desert flowers. Faith is organic – it grows just like any living thing that is properly nourished. Faith is nourished by inspiration. Case in point: The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers of the Greek port city of Thessaloniki; and in his letter he expressed that their growing faith and love for each other was inspiring to him.

How would our world look like today without the likes of Martin Luther King or Mother Teresa (Just to name a couple of modern-day faith heroes)? Although Mother Teresa has passed away, the Society of Missionaries she initiated has spread all over the world helping individuals in extreme need. And although Martin Luther King was shot, his dream of equality in status, rights, and opportunities did not die with him.

We do not have to be famous to make a difference. Walking with God we make all the difference in the world. The best things happen inspired by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit brings life into a dead situation and inspires faith when we want to give up.

Prolific wildflowers turn a barren desert into gold – and believers bring hope into a broken world.

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