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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 31, 2010 - Thermostat or Thermometer

By Doug Clay

Some believers tend to be like a thermometer — they reflect the climate around them. They act like other people; they buy things others buy; they wear things others wear; they say things others say. Bottom line: Their actions and values simply mirror their surroundings!

Mature followers of Christ, on the other hand, are like thermostats — they set the climate around them.

Think about it, we’ve all seen people who “set the temperature” around them — be it spiritually, socially, dispositionally, etc. Just their presence has an impact on the temperature.

A “thermostat” believer has several positive qualities, but one of significant importance is authenticity. I’ve heard it said that authentic comes from the root word “to author,” in other words, to write your own story — to be who God created you to be, not a carbon copy of someone else.

Being authentic starts by making sure there is no gap between what you say and what you do — and that starts by working God’s Words into your life.

“These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on” (Luke 6:47, The Message).

A young girl and her dad were visiting an amusement park one Saturday. They walked up to a booth where a man was guessing people’s weight. A large, heavy-set man stepped up, and the employee attempted to guess his weight. Then, the hefty man stepped up on the scale only to find out it was broken. The needle moved only slightly, and the scale reported the man weighed just 25 pounds. At that point, the little girl said to her dad: “Look Dad! A hollow man.”

As people examine our integrity and values, may they never say that about us. As people look at us in our quest to follow Christ, I pray that they see us as those who are full of authenticity.

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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