Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

stirring or stilling??

As a proclaimer of the Gospel I have found that I operate in one of basically two roles.

Stir the pot or still the storm.

There are right ways to do this and most certainly wrong ways to do this.  

Sometimes Christians fall into the trap of complacency.  It is real easy to go from that to  a rut.   Once there the passion and joy of life is pretty much buried under the load of  just going through the motions.  This is where stirring the pot comes in. 

If you are cooking something (especially if it has milk in it) that has come to a boil and  it is to simmer awhile – it needs to be stirred.  If you leave it alone, a film can form on the top and it can scorch on the bottom.  When that happens you pretty much need to start over. 

Paul speaks of the need for reminders.  Many times he repeated “Rejoice in the Lord”.  Why?  I think because our pot needed stirring.  Reminding us that no matter what was going on around us, Christ is in us and with us.    We have hope!  Hang on!  Make a choice to enjoy today!

Stirring the pot — encouraging others to take a stand, be a warrior at all costs, don’t give in to compromise.  When we are in the ‘flames of adversity’ pot stirrers are needed to remind us to do the right thing, to not give up, to shake off complacency and stir up love and good works.

However, there are those who stir the pot in a negative way.  I won’t talk much about that here.  We all know people who stir things up alright – causing all kinds of problems for the kingdom of God.  One day each person will answer for the things that he/she said and did.  Question to ask yourself — Are you building up or tearing down? 

Don’t let it be said of you that He/she doesn’t play well with others.

Stilling the storm — Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves and said,  “Peace be still”.

Much of my ministry is found in calming storms.  People have all kinds of trials and pain.  Sometimes people are nasty because they are speaking out of pain that I know nothing about.    Bringing peace into the midst of a storm is essential to harmony and growth.  I recognized a long time ago that I need grace and mercy always and so I strive to extend grace and mercy to others. 

Scripture says in Heb 12:14 “Make every effort to live at peace with all men…”   Calming the storm means that I look for ways to bring peace and calm into the situation.  Allowing God to ‘open’ my eyes to seeing people as He sees them really helps me to do this.  Also reminding myself that the scripture doesn’t say if they are at peace with me be at peace with them.  It tells me to do what I can to live in peace.   (Psalms 119:165 “Great peace have they that love Thy law and NOTHING shall offend them.”)

The negative side of calming the storm is to pacify someone with words they want to hear but either are not true or aren’t heartfelt.  We all know people who ‘humor’ others but then later tear them down with their words.  Another negative way is by telling someone you agree with them but then doing something later that shows you most certainly didn’t agree with them.   Although this may divert a storm momentarily, it  will return with vengeance.  (Be a person of your word – that right there will divert many a storm from ever happening. 
Be a person people can trust.)

With each new day I don’t know which one will be needed most – pot stirring or storm stilling but what I do know is that each person is precious to God. 

til next time


May 16, 2009 - Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. May God help us to know if we should stir or still. It doesn’t work so well if we get them switched.

    Comment by Pastor Curt | May 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. How true that is. Each situation is different. Makes it a real challenge sometimes.

    Comment by Gloria | May 17, 2009 | Reply

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