Thursday, December 14, 2017

Check Your Barometer

“Everybody complains about the weather,” Mark Twain noted, “but nobody does anything about it!”  

Yet while we can’t change the weather; anticipating what’s coming is always helpful.

My wife’s grandfather read his barometer every day; but on our hobby farm we had two barometers. One predicted weather changes. The other, a wooden “farmer’s barometer,” had a needle we could set to: “too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, or too windy;” with two small pegs blocking its access to “just right!”

Our son politely declined our barometer offer for his birthday by showing us his phone app to the weather bureau – and we foolishly thought that phones were for talking with…

Jesus once used the weather’s indefinability to illustrate how His spirit works: “You hear the wind, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going.”

His Spirit invites us to explore new inner strength from His unchanging wisdom and character, so we can personally plug into the prevailing currents of His love at work; for us and around us.

These prevailing currents offer us a personal internal barometer.

When we are surrounded by tension or caught in our own indecision, His Spirit generates greater self-reliance, cooperation and dependability within us; without our slipping into self-righteous, judgemental attitudes.

He also helps us to anticipate ways to release His breath of fresh air whenever we struggle to help those who have overwhelming problems; or when we need to encourage people to keep stretching towards their potential.

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love.

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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