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Thermometer or Thermostat?

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By Mike Barres, Calvary Assembly of God

With many air conditioners and heaters there is a small unit on the wall. It has two things in it, a thermometer and a thermostat.

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat? A thermometer measures the temperature. A thermostat changes the temperature.
Anyone can describe a situation, or complain about a situation. I think that as Christians we can affect the atmosphere where we are.
The Bible says in Matthew 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
Salt flavors what it comes in contact with. The Bible also says in Matthew 5:14-16, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
I heard someone say one time that as Christians we can be the shock absorbers that smooth out the potholes in the road of life. We have the fruit of the Spirit flowing through us so we can have love, joy, peace, and patience even in tough situations.
In 1Timothy 4:12 it says, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
So with God’s help, we can be salt and light and an example of those who believe by affecting the atmosphere of where we are. The next time you are in a heated situation, ask yourself, “Am I being a thermometer or a thermostat?”