”Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
(1 Peter 3:9 NIV)
John C. Maxwell says that we humans can be likened to either thermometers or thermostats. A thermometer gages the surroundings and reacts on it, while a thermostat reads the circumstances and sees to it that a difference is made.
Many Christians are like thermometers in their Christian life. They register and measure the circumstances in their surroundings. They can often analyze the circumstances in a congregation quite accurately, whether they are positive or not. But if their analysis indicates too low a temperature, they don’t raise a finger to become involved and make changes for the better.
Thermostat people on the other hand don’t only examine the circumstances; they are involved in shaping and regulating in order that the circumstances they find themselves in become what they should be. I believe God wants us to be those kinds of persons.
Lord, help me today to do what I can to turn that which is wrong, right, to warm up that which is cold and to create a fellowship where loneliness reigns and to bring Your light to where there is darkness.