My husband and I were talking yesterday morning about our values and beliefs in light of the election results and he told me, "Honey, we're a dying breed." I refuse to believe that! I believe that there are millions of people that share our same conservative values and beliefs, but we've all been silent for too long.
A while back I heard an illustration comparing Christians to thermometers and thermostats. It got me to thinking about what the differences in these two items were?
A thermometer rises and falls with changes in the temperature. It measures and indicates temperature. Thermometers never CHANGE the climate -- they just gauge the temperature. In other words, a thermometer simply tells us what the temperature in the room is.
A thermostat, on the other hand, automatically regulates temperature. The device is activated when it reaches a certain point. It's purpose is to maintain the temperature at the desired set-point. In other words, a thermostat dictates the temperature in the room.
I wonder, do we rise and fall based on our environment, or are we setting the "temperature" for our surroundings?
Are we like a thermometer that simply records what's going on in our environment?
Or, are we more like a thermostat setting the desired "temperature" for our surroundings?
Do we "adjust" to the crowd or do we choose to change the crowd?
The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 15:33, "Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits." I can't mess around with people who weaken me and expect to stay strong. (For more on this subject read this post.)
We are commanded in Matthew 5 to be "the salt of the earth" and the "light of the world"! We are to be vessels of change in our world. God calls us to separate ourselves from others (both Christians and non-believers), if we find ourselves being influenced rather than being an influence.
God is calling each of us to be thermostats in our world! He wants us to live in such a way that our lives set the tone in our families, our neighborhoods and in our workplaces.
We should be the pacesetters. We should influence rather than be influenced. We should be thermostats rather than thermometers.
So.... am I influencing my surroundings --- or am I being influenced by my environment?
Definitely something to ponder today.
What about you?
Thermometer or thermostat?