At the time I am writing this, it’s three degrees below zero with a wind chill index of -17. The room I am in is chilly and not all that comfortable. Guess it’s time to adjust that thermostat.

And speaking of thermostats, permit me to share one of my favorite Christian metaphors. It may give us some food for thought as we contemplate potential New Year’s Resolutions.

I once heard a preacher say that we can choose to either be a thermometer or a thermostat. In other words, like a thermometer, we can allow ourselves to be changed to match the environment in which we live. Or like a thermostat, we can be an instrument of change. We can “set the temperature in the culture in which we live” by being a friend to those who need a friend for example. Or by serving with j0y and enthusiasm, etc. You get the idea.

I know a lady that’s a true thermostat. She’s always smiling. Always, full of joy. Always bringing the best out in others. This lady makes every situation she touches better than it was before.

Jesus was a thermostat. A true agent for change. He was famous for changing the trajectory of the thoughts and conversations of the people around him. He also told us that we’ve been called to do the same. A oft quoted passage from the Sermon on the Mount says this:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 14-16

“Lord give us grace to be thermostats in 2018!”

Something to think about.

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