What size wrench fits this nut? (No pun intended), Is it ½ inch or 12 mm? What Measurement system do we use? In the early 1960’s they said that the metric system was coming to America. It didn’t seem possible, but today we have a mixed system of measurement. Everywhere you look there are metric sized fasteners. Metric tools don’t always fit Standard sizes. I believe that we struggle with this same type of mixed measurement issues in our lives as well.
It seems, we often measure what we can or cannot do, based on our feelings about it. The Military has proven that people’s endurance is not just in the body but in the mind. How they measure their ability, directly affects their abilities limits or lack of limits. Such as; I don’t think I can do this!
I often see people filter their efforts through their feelings or emotions about something. I have long observed that “I can’t”, essentially means, “I won’t”. It seems desire plays a huge part in whether or not we “Feel” like we can, or could it be want to?
But what if we simply went back to a measurement that was original. The first standard, Before the mixed types of weights and measures. Where the value of something was not how we felt about it but what God thought about it. Where we didn’t measure our ability according to our feelings but, according to the bodies’ manual.
What if we allowed God to put the value on things and allowed the word to Direct our steps and tell us when to quit or keep going? The possibilities are endless when you think of what God has spoken in His word to us.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity (feelings) of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts (desires-feelings);
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Just a thought!
Out of My Mind
Rev. R.J. Hall