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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Dec. 20, 2010 - Calibration

By Bob Caldwell

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression” (Psalm 19:7-13, NIV).

My wife manages a resale shop. Since most of the items they sell are used, they have to figure out an appropriate price. Set too low a price, and not enough money is brought in to support the mission of the organization. Set it too high, and customers won’t buy and, worse yet, won’t return.

There are guidelines to setting prices, but a lot of the task is by feel. Blouses are $3, but some brand names should be marked higher. Some couches are old and only worth $50, but others can fetch $150. Fortunately, Tina has a good feel for how to price items. The only way for her to teach others is to work alongside and show them. After a while, most are able to get the hang of it.

However, she finds that over time, even longtime employees will slip and start consistently overpricing items. I think the reason for this is that they do most of their shopping at retail locations. They get used to the higher prices, and their prices at the thrift store start to rise. At this point, Tina again works alongside them to, as I like to call it, “recalibrate” them. Unlike a machine where you only have to turn a dial to get it back into balance, a human being takes time to get adjusted.

In a similar manner, how much Bible reading does a longtime Christian need to maintain the fine adjustments of godly living? I have been saved for 37 years. I have read the Bible through multiple times. I have studied large sections of it in great depth. I have received as much education as I could attain in biblical studies. But none of that changes my need to be recalibrated. Every day this world bombards me with messages that contradict the gospel. I know better, but if I have not spent time in the Word, I find that some contrary ideas and attitudes slip into my mind.

I am in constant need of recalibration, and the Bible is the tool for the job. I am reminded of how different God’s ways are. I again realize that I am in this world but not part of its system. I begin to think more as a spiritual man than as an earthbound one.

Read the Bible daily, and let the Holy Spirit recalibrate you to meet the demands of the day.

— Bob Caldwell is an adjunct professor with Central Bible College-St. Louis campus.

 

 

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