Fresh Hope – Day 76

There are two types of people that we come across in life.

The first one is the ‘thermometer’ type.

They feel that their role in life is to take the temperature of every situation.

Typically, a ‘thermometer’ type person doesn’t change anything… they just comment on what is already taking place.

Maybe they walk into your workplace and tell you that it has a negative feel, or they come to your home and tell you that your kids are unruly.

They can walk past the end of their own street that’s strewn with litter and comment on how horrible it looks… but that’s where it ends.

As useful as a thermometer is, it actually doesn’t change anything, it only measures what needs changing.

The second type of person is the ‘thermostat’.

This person is the one that changes what they see.

If it’s too cold, the thermostat feels it and then sets about turning things around.

It doesn’t stop until it gets what it wants…

It doesn’t click off until it achieves the desired effect.

Gillian and myself were in a situation only a few days ago, whereby we could have looked on and said, ‘how terrible… how unfortunate… how blessed we are that we are not living in that situation’.

But instead, we decided to help change the situation.

Sometimes, change can occur by notching things up by just one degree.

After all, the difference between hot and boiling water is just one degree.

We had the means and the desire to turn that situation around for good… so we did. We did so, because we could so.

Looking without acting is something we can all do, however, I want to encourage you today to be a difference maker.

Be a thermostat and set the temperature in any and every situation that you become part of.

Proverbs 3:27-28 ‘Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’ – when you already have it with you.’

Pastor Mark

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