Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday's Tip: Are You a Thermostat or a Thermometer?




Are you a thermostat or a thermometer??

While a thermometer registers the temperature in a room, a thermostat regulates it.  If the thermostat recognizes that the temperature is a little too hot or a little too cold, it has the ability to change that and create a comfortable temperature in the room.

Consider the atmosphere of your home.  Are you a thermometer, who simply reflects the moods and attitudes of those around you?  As a thermometer, you are joyful if conditions are right and your family is in a good mood.  You mope about in self-pity when things are going wrong and your husband and children are sullen or complaining and whining.

Or are you a thermostat, who detects the mood of the home and then sets about to change it, if need be? As a thermostat, you recognize bad moods and the resulting heavy atmosphere and immediately set out to create a more comfortable "temperature" in the home by smiling, singing, praising God, encouraging your husband and children, and looking for ways to create a lighthearted, joyful home.

So, which one are you?  A thermostat or a thermometer??

   


2 comments:

Betty Souther said...

Very good reminder of what GOD wants us to be!! Thank you for posting this...how this truth can slip by us when things are not so pleasant...something I was taught many years ago but found I have slipped back into some bad habits! This was like a glass of cool refreshing water to my soul! Thank you, Dear Elizabeth! I do want to be a thermostat; not the thermometer! Have a very blessed day, sweet encouraging lady!

busymomof10 said...

Thank you dear Betty! It was a great reminder for myself as well! It is so much easier to just be the thermometer! :)

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