Fresh Hope – 1st December 2017

At this time of the year we are all looking at two gauges more than usual. The first one is the thermometer. If I’m really honest, first thing this morning, I reached for my iPhone at the side of the bed, and after shutting off the alarm, the next thing I did was to look at the weather forecast and temperature. It informed me that it was -2 degrees Celsius and would rise throughout the day to just +2 degrees Celsius.

The next gauge that we go to is the thermostat. In this kind of weather we place great trust in it, as we notch it up even more than usual in a bid to keep our homes warm. The trusted thermostat is responsible for setting the temperature at any given time. We pay little notice of it once it’s set, but we’d certainly know if it wasn’t working.

Just as with the natural elements, we too need to see the importance in our lives of both the thermometer and the thermostat.

Our inbuilt thermostat can walk into a room full of people and detect the ‘frostiness’ of even one person, knowing instantaneously that they are trying to bring the rest of that group down to their level. Thankfully we are not only capable of measuring the temperature, but more importantly we are given the task of setting the temperature.

Being a thermostat in life is one of the greatest gifts that a person can have. They can walk into a room and instantly change its frostiness into a place that feels the warmth of its positivity. Don’t underestimate your temperature setting ability in any and every situation.

As our children were growing up, we’d often say to them, ‘you are not allowed to change to atmosphere here’. This was usually on a day when they were having a hard time being pleasant!

Understanding your responsibility in ‘being’ a temperature setter in life is vital if you are going to raise the level of the people around you, no matter if it’s family, friends or work colleagues.

Don’t just settle today for being a weather forecaster. That’s easy and requires no one around you to change, Instead be an atmosphere changer where ever you go. Even if you’re the only one doing it don’t worry, it only takes one thermostat to change the temperature in a whole building.

Smile when you walk into a room.

Speak words of life and encouragement.

Always give people hope.

Shine with the love of Jesus.

Have a joyful heart.

Proverbs 15:13
A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.

Pastor Mark

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