Thermometer Vs Thermostat

If I were to ask you the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat, that would be an easy answer…right? A thermostat changes the temperature where a thermometer is changed by the temperature. While preparing this study for our ongoing lessons for the teens, I came across a definition for the two that made me […]

If I were to ask you the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat, that would be an easy answer…right? A thermostat changes the temperature where a thermometer is changed by the temperature. While preparing this study for our ongoing lessons for the teens, I came across a definition for the two that made me look at this in a completely different way. A thermometer reacts to the temperature in the room and a thermostat first takes the temperature of the room and then puts a plan in place to adapt and adjust to what is needed. For some reason that really grabbed me and made me rephrase the question… Am I a thermostat or a thermometer? At times we are both, but sometimes we need to be a thermometer. We need to be able to let ourselves adjust to the climate around us. Other times we must be the thermostat in the room. This is where it can get tricky…if we adjust the thermostat incorrectly, we can make the situation way too hot or way too cold!

We live in such a fast paced society now that we neglect the important things because we are too busy doing the things we believe are important. We find ourselves putting more and more things on our plate to get done, and before we realize it, we have pushed the time we need to study and pray off the plate. When we fail to take the time to study, our core values and strong foundation can shift and we can become thermometers changing with what is around us. Jesus warns us about this in Luke 6: 46-49 when he tells us the parable of the man building his house on a rock with a strong foundation vs building it on sand. If you are a thermometer and build your house on the sand, then whatever wave comes across you during the day will change you to that climate. But if we take time to study his word, pray and put into practice what we are taught, you are like the man building on the rock. You are strengthening our foundation and core values. The stronger our foundation is, the better thermostat we can be. It will not matter the storm that will rise in front of you, you will be able to take that wave, evaluate what the issue is and respond in a way that warms our hearts to Jesus rather than turn them cold!

Some Things Change, Some Don’t

We headed South to spend a couple of days with our vacationing grandchildren and their parents. On the way, our GPS kept giving me directions toward our destination. It kept saying, “Go toward Mobile”. It kept pronouncing it “Mo-bull” instead of “Mo-bill”. I wondered...

What’s Your Custom?

What are your habits of life? How would your family describe your customs? Twice in the New Testament the phrase is used, “as was his custom,” in reference to Jesus. In Mark 10:1 it is used to refer to his custom of teaching the people. In Luke 4:16, his going to the...

Follow Me

From time to time I will see trucks with a “Follow Me” sign on their tailgate. As a matter of fact, I followed one just last week who was directing traffic around the construction of a new bridge in our area. I understood where he was leading me. When I see a truck...

Treasure of Truth

The Bible is a vast treasure chest of truth. It is ours for the digging and the searching. Not just in every book or chapter. But in every verse and word of each verse. Consider this verse: Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the...

Choose God in Every Decision

Every day we are forced to make decisions. What will I have for breakfast, what will I wear, how will I act? But how often do we allow God to influence those decisions? It may seem kind of crazy to think about. We may say, “Does God care what I have for breakfast?”...

The Hope Chest

In 1957, my grandfather was in high school shop class, and he built my grandmother a hope chest. They were high school sweethearts and were married in August following their graduation in May. The hope chest, made from cedar, now sits in my parents living room where...

Pine Straw

put out fresh pine straw in our flower beds each year. From my local gardening experts (my wife Jane and Terry Pruitt), I understand that pine straw is great for our plants. It helps to retain moisture, insulate the root systems, helps prevent weeds and improves the...

Love Lifted Me

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV) By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 John 3:16...

None of Self and All of Thee

The title of a song I remember as being a favorite when I was a child. I’m glad we still sing it today. Theodore Monod wrote the words in 1874. “O, the bitter pain and sorrow that a time could ever be, when I proudly said to Jesus, ‘All of self and none of thee.’”...

Reflections on Summer

As the summer comes to an end, I enjoy reflecting on the special times we had in the children’s ministry. Our summer was packed full with events, service projects, and Bible lessons. At our annual Back to School Bash, the children and I discussed how looking back on...