Be 212. The other day, a friend of mine exhorted me to "Be 212!" Do any of you know what that means to Be 212? My friend told me to YouTube 212 degrees and I would understand. So I did.
At 211 degrees water is very hot, but when it reaches 212 degrees it boils. Boiling water creates steam and steam can have enough force to power a locomotive. It only takes one degree more to create the power you need to get things done in your life. I must confess, I feel motivated when I hear that putting one degree more in what I'm doing can make all the difference; one extra degree. Be 212.
I wouldn't have been motivated if I was instructed to do one thing more in my life. I think I'm like most of us who feels like I'm stretched to the max and that adding something more to my plate isn't all that appealing. Putting the extra degree into what I'm doing could make all the difference!
We get things done in our lives through effort, care, and attention. Rather than taking more on, what would happen in your life if you put one degree more into the effort, care, and attention in what you are already doing in your life? What would happen if you put one degree more into listening to a friend in the conversation in which you are involved? What would happen if you put one degree more into the attention on your family? What would happen if you put one degree more into the care of your faith?
The Apostle Paul reminded the Colossian Church to Be 212 through a different exhortation:
You are God's chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don't be proud. Be gentle and patient. Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. And over all these good things put on love. Love holds them all together perfectly as if they were one.
What difference will it make in your faith when you give God your extra degree?!! Be 212!
Prayer for Today
Loving God, we thank you for choosing us to be your holy people. Through your Holy Spirit inspire us to put that extra degree in our walk of faith, so that will become the people you are calling us to be in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.