Sing Or Thud…

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Count it all joy, my brothers,[a] when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

~James 1:2-4

 

“When a potter bakes a pot, he checks its solidity by pulling it out of the oven and thumping it. If it “sings,” it’s ready. If it “thuds,” it’s placed back in the oven. The character of a person is also checked by thumping…

Been thumped lately?

Late-night phone calls. Grouchy teachers. Grumpy moms. Burnt meals. Flat tires. “You’ve got to be kidding” deadlines. Those are thumps. Thumps are those irritating inconveniences that trigger the worst in us. They catch us off-guard. Flat-footed. They are big enough to be crises, but if you get enough of them, watch out!

Traffic jams. Long lines. Empty mailboxes. Dirty clothes on the floor. Thump. Thump. Thump. How do I respond? Do I sing? Or do I thud? Jesus said that out of the nature of the heart a man speaks, (Luke 6:45). There’s nothing like a good thump to reveal the nature of a heart. The true character of a person is not seen in momentary heroics, but in the thump-packed humdrum of day-to-day living.” (From: Shaped By God, by Max Lucado)

Look…we’re all humans living in an imperfect world. “Thumps” are going to happen to all of us. And as we know, just because we are Christians, we are not immune from thumps!

However, just as with sin in our lives, we need to view things from a mature, Godly perspective:

We will have thumps. We will have sin. We will be tested…and we should be thankful for the trials in our lives. They help us grow in the strength of our faith and Savior. Neither thumps nor sin are our “common” behavior, for in baptism we “died” to the sinful nature.

No, as Christ followers, “slips” are just that…slips…a momentary lapse. That doesn’t mean our lives are defined by sin. We just stumbled and fell for a moment.

Thanks be to God, through the Son Jesus Christ, we have grace to forgive our sins. “If we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Christ continually washes away our sins” (1 John 1:7.)

So when we are tested, when our “jar” is thumped, may we send back a ring! May we be ready to stand up and continue onward in pursuit of the heavenly prize which is set before us. This is what the Master Potter wants for all of those He is molding…

Refs: ~“Life Lessons With Max Lucado,2006”~ Google~ biblegateway.com~

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14 thoughts on “Sing Or Thud…

    prinxy said:
    November 29, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Nicely said….

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      I do appreciate the comment and encouragement!

      🙂

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      prinxy said:
      November 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      You worth them… You do great things here… I appreciate good things and people

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 29, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      That is an amazing reply! Thanks so much, Prince. Have a great day…

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    Eri Hunt said:
    November 28, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Great post! I totally agree thanks for sharing!

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 28, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you, Eri. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving…

      Steve

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      Eri Hunt said:
      November 28, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      Your welcome! I did hope you did as well

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 29, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      They ought to make it illegal to get on a scale after a holiday!! I need to drop 10-15 pounds now. So hard to do 😦

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      Eri Hunt said:
      November 30, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Yes it should! I think we all gained some pounds . 🙂

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 30, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Oh you are too young to gain any pounds during the holidays… 🙂

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      Eri Hunt said:
      November 30, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      🙂 I guess your right Steve I do stay busy so I burn it off. 🙂

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 30, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Absolutely, Eri. Being active is key to burning off calories, no matter the age. Stay as active as you can for as long as you can…

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      Eri Hunt said:
      December 1, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Exactly !Yes I will .

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      December 1, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      🙂 Enjoy your day, young lady!

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