Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

10/09/2019

Edited from

“Heart To Heart In Home Care” magazine

 

Character Thumps

 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face

trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith

develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work

so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when

he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life

that God has promised to those who love him.

James 1.2-4 & 12.

 

 Max Lucado writes: "When a potter bakes a pot he checks its solidity by pulling it out of the furnace and thumping it. If it 'sings,' it's ready. If it 'thuds,' it's put back in the fire. Character is also checked by thumping... Late night phone calls... Grouchy teachers... Burnt meals... Flat tires... You've got-to-be-kidding deadlines. Thumps trigger the worst in us. They aren't big enough to be a crisis, but if we get enough of them, watch out!! Traffic jams... Long lines... Empty mailboxes... Dirty clothes on the floor... 7:30 traffic... Thump. Thump. Thump. How do we respond? Do we sing or do we thud?

 

 Jesus said, people speak the things that are in their hearts: "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks" (Luke 6.45).

 

 There's nothing like a good thump to reveal the true nature of a heart. It's not momentary heroics, but in the thump-packed humdrum of day-to-day living that sometime gets to us. If we have a tendency to 'thud' more than we 'sing,' take heart!

 

 There's hope for us 'thudders.' Begin by thanking God... No not a half-hearted thank-you... But a rejoicing, jumping-for-joy, thank-you from the bottom of our heart.

 

 James has some excellent advice about thumps. It goes something like this: "Count it all joy when you fall into various trials... The testing of your faith produces patience. God's doing the thumping for your own good. We're gonna be tested, we might as well learn from our thumps. See it as an opportunity to develop patience and persistence. Each thump helps or hurts, depending on how we use it. Listen... Be aware of the 'thump-slumps'... For all of us there are times during the week when we anticipate an unusual amount of thumping. Handle them head on... Bolster yourself with extra prayer time... Don't give up.

 

 Remember NO thump is disastrous. "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8.28).

 

—Edited from "Heart To Heart In Home Care" Magazine

  Joplin MO