April Motl is a pastor’s wife who loves to laugh, loves her man, loves to talk on the phone entirely too long and most of all, loves her Lord. Collaborating with the efforts of her husband Eric, the two of them share a ministry dedicated to bringing God’s Word into the everyday lives of married couples, men and women. April has been privileged through her own church and ministry outside her local body to share God's Word with women ranging in ages and stages, across denominations, and walks of life. April is a graduate from Southern California Seminary and has written for Just Between Us Magazine, Dayspring's (In)courage, and The Secret Place and also writes regularly for crosswalk.com, iBelieve.com and Women's Ministry Tools. For more information, visit Motl Ministries at: www.MotlMinistries.com
Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?
It’s an old question posed by a much wiser woman than me. But her question still challenges me year after year.
“Thermometers” are women who only know how to reflect what’s going on around them, while “thermostats” are women who help keep the climate around them at an even keel regardless of the circumstances. A maturing walk with God will lead us more and more to be influencers of the world around us, instead of being merely influenced by it.
Here are some of God’s instruction that show us how we ought to set tones in a circumstance, rather than merely react in kind to it:
Even though you’ve been hurt or offended -
Even though the ways of the world seem reasonable, logical, desirable -
Even though temptation, discouragement, and darkness runs rampant around us -
Even though the world around us looks frightening -
Even though people speak wrongly of you or plot against you -
Even though a circumstances feels like it is squeezing the life out of you -
Even though you might feel worn, weary, less-than, lost, dirty, messy, beyond His sight or His reach -
The world around us is broken and we have been called to live out of the healing of Christ. As women who influence our families, neighborhoods, churches and workplaces we are privileged to be lights that shine into the darkness. Our greatest witness often comes in the smallest acts of faithfulness and obedience. When we show forgiveness to family and friends, we reflect Christ’s attitude, instead of just reflecting the attitudes of the environment around us. When we go out of our way to bless a neighbor who needs help, we reject the self-centeredness that has come to define so much of our society. When we make decisions to tend our families and marriages in a Biblical manner instead of the ways of the world, we proclaim Christ.
The summer heat is raging outside, but it’s up to you what happens on the inside! May you be a mighty “thermostat” for Jesus, bringing His love, joy, peace and patience with you everywhere you go!
Questions to ask yourself:
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