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Blog: Tom Job

A Note From Tom: August 4th, 2011

CCC Oak Ridge

Hey, everyone!

Wow! Isn’t this weather awesome!? It’s perfect outside! Just the way God planned it! The temp’s just right and the humidity couldn’t be better! Your forecast for tomorrow? Exactly the weather that our Lord has ordained for us to enjoy on this beautiful August day!

I know. It’s also hot, muggy, sticky, buggy, and sweaty, but I’m just trying to follow the awesome advise and insight of our Lord when He told His guys that it isn’t what goes into your mouth that messes your day up, but what comes out of it!  Check it.

“Jesus called the crowd to him and said, ‘Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not pollute them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what pollutes them.’ ” (Matt 15.10-11)

Amazing! It isn’t what you eat but what you say…it isn’t what goes in your mouth but what comes out of it…that spoils everything!  I think that includes weather-complaining! Who’da thunk it?

Todd, our weather dude, always talks about the temperature and the “heat index”. The temperature is how hot it is and the heat index is how hot it “feels”. “It’s 93 but feels like 101!” I’m just not sure what factors they calculate to get that number. Humidity, f’r sure…Probably the wind speed, too…Do they factor if you’ve had a crummy day at work and your boss has driven you crazy the whole time? That’d make you sweat it up! How ‘bout if your underwear is 100% cotton or a 60/40 blend?

One thing that I know will make the day seem hotter and stickier is complaining about it!

“Hot enough for you?”

“Gross! Can you believe how hot it is?”

“I can’t wait ‘til it’s not this hot!”

“It’s so hot our chickens lay fried eggs!”

“Our cows are giving evaporated milk!”

“It’s so hot the robins use pot holders to pull worms out of the ground!”

“The weather’s perfect for grampa! He’s also 98 and hazy!”

I remember a girl finding a journal that belonged to her mother, a missionary in Africa. Her mom had gone on to Heaven but when she was in that blisteringly hot country, she had never had AC the whole time.  They didn’t even have electricity! Yet, amazingly, she was always so cheerful and thankful! On the front page of the journal, these wise words were written. They were her “rules of the heart” Her mom lived by these. Listen…

“1) Never complain about ANYTHING…ever! Including the weather!

2 ) Never compare your lot (ie, circumstances of life) with that of anyone else.

3) Never wish that things could have been anything other then what they actually were and are.”

 Explains a ton!

Jesus said that the stuff that comes out of your mouth makes things worse when it’s just grumbling and grumping about the inevitable and unchangeable. If you complain about the temps, it cranks the heat index up for you!

Yuk!

Praise instead! Thank God for the weather He brings!

Complaining words come from deep inside you. And inside you, the temperature is 98.6 degrees! And it’s plenty humid down there, too! Letting those complains out into the environment is heating your whole house up!

So stop complaining about the weather! You’ll save $ on your AC bill!

That’s the weather!