Thermostats

DSC_4209Devices that allow us to adjust to changing circumstances, able to adapt and fine tune when necessary

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. Alan Watts

Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations. Herbert Spencer

Freedom is an internal achievement rather than an external adjustment. Adam Clayton Powell

Sometimes we need to make adjustments to how we do things. We may need to fine tune things that are not as they should be. They may be too much or too little or just a bit off. Thermostats allow us to make such changes or corrections by monitoring conditions and as necessary making adjustments.

We have thermostats in our homes to adjust temperatures as needed to help main comfortable settings. Many of us need of such a device that operates internally to help us keep our cool and to operate within an acceptable range of behaviors. Everyone is uniquely made. We are the cumulative effect of all that has ever happened to us. Mostly this is good. We may have a quirk or other issue keeping us from being as fined tuned as we should be. Some are more attuned or sensitive to their needs of an adjustment than others. Sometimes we get feedback from others about things that are not what or where they should be. Most of us do wish to operate within acceptable ranges of attitudes and behaviors. We prefer to stay properly tuned and adjusted. It is not good to lose our cool, get out of control, or say or do things we later regret. How do we accomplish this?

Regrettably there are no human thermostats available for purchase that perform the fine tuning and adjusting that home thermostats perform. Even in our high-tech world this is probably nowhere on the horizon of becoming available. This means if we are to do a better job of operating within more acceptable parameters we must put the time and effort into equipping ourselves with our own designs at internal thermostatic controls.

Most would benefit from having built in delay functions preventing reactions before consciously deciding how to properly react. The old adage of taking a deep breath or counting to ten is good advice. We also should try to adhere to: people living in glass houses should not throw stones and if you cannot say something good about someone do not say anything at all. We should avoid gossip, adhere to the principals of the golden rule, and try to have an inner core of brotherly love to live and act by. These things and other such things are some of the efforts we can make to become better at how we control our thoughts and actions.

Challenge: You are responsible and accountable to yourself. What you think, say and do are all dependent upon how well you manage and control your thoughts and actions. Be aware of your shortcomings and weaknesses that allow you to say or do things you later regret. Be more diligent, disciplined, careful and cautious in all your thoughts and actions. An ounce of internal control is worth more than a pound of what it takes to cure mistakes.

Wisdom: You’ve got to be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion; a thermometer just reflects it. Cornel West

Spiritual: (NIV)

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

But the fruit1 of the Spirit is love,2 joy, peace,3 patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22

The best we can be on our own will fall miserably short of what we should be. We are made in such a way we will always have voids and weaknesses that can never be overcome if God does not help us to do so. We were designed and created to have a personal and interactive relationship with God. It takes the Love of God working in us and flowing through us in order for us to be what we need to be. God’s Love in us will make us complete.

Prayer: Help me to overcome all those things that are less than they should be. Help me to truly love.

 

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