Thermostat or Thermometer

A friend of mine who does air condition repair told me about a lady that kept complaining to her boss that it was always too hot or too cold in her workspace. So my friend mounted a thermostat on the wall in her office. But, he didn’t wire it into the AC system. He just stuck it to the wall. But, since the lady had her own thermostat, she was now happy.

Although she didn’t realize it, what she actually had was a thermometer, not a thermostat. There’s a big difference. A thermometer tells the temperature, but it can’t do anything with the information. Thermostats collect information and produce change.

There’s a lesson here for those who want to be used of God. It’s easy to spend time on “thermometer” activity. That is, gathering information by reading or internet browsing that is interesting, but not applicable.

Try instead to be a thermostat. Look for information you can apply, especially information to help you serve the Lord. That information will redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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