As a kid, I one day decided I was going to make a rocket-powered skateboard like in the cartoons. The logic seemed simple enough; fire equals propulsion. The next step was obtaining a fuel source and a fire source. Logically, I used straw from a broom and grabbed some matches.
I proceeded to tie the straws to the end of the skateboard and then stood back slightly as I reached over to light the straw with a match…nothing. The straw would not take. That’s when I thought the solution was to add fuel to the fire.
As I started to add gas to the small amber, suddenly, I saw a fire trail coming up the stream of gas into the tank. In a panic, I threw the tank and saw it burst into a giant fireball.
Apparently, in my panic, I mistakenly threw it next to our house. Overwhelmed by the situation now out of my control, I ran into the house and yelled out, “FIRE. THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE!” My parents and their guests came rushing to the front, and eventually, my father put the fire out.
My story reminds me that what I meant for good turned out to be wrong. As men, we tend to use our fire or intense desire in a misguided way. We start with good intentions but in the end, turn out harming not only ourselves but also others. Let’s work on harnessing our fire for good.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com