The temp was “minus two” this morning when I woke up. Now, that, my Friends, is COLD in anybody’s book! But, it does no good to complain about the snow or the colder temps for there’s nothing we can do about them. I saw a quote today on Facebook on “Life’s Daily Treasures” page that said, “We’ll weather the weather whatever the weather – whether we like it or not.” I remember when we were considering moving to southern Louisiana many years ago, I asked one of our church members, “How do you endure the humidity and high temps?” She replied, “We go from our air conditioned homes to our air conditioned cars to our air conditioned offices and back.” Basically – you adapt.
How adaptable are you? Paul knew the importance of “monitoring and adjusting, when he wrote, “Though I am free of obligation to anyone, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), to win those under the law. To those without the law I became like one without the law (though I am not outside the law of God but am under the law of Christ), to win those without the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (I Corinthians 9:19-23) We must not be so “set in our ways” that we are unapproachable. We must be willing to adapt – whether we like it or not! Others are watching us – do they see you gripe and complain about what you don’t have or do they see you as someone who is thankful for what they do have? Paul told the church at Philippi, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:11-13) Paul had learned to “weather the weather” no matter whether he liked the weather or not! The secret was to do all things through Christ!
Are you allowing God to use you to further His kingdom? May you enjoy the lovely weather – wherever you are! Simply blessed, Courtney