Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rubbing Elbows

Photo by Pam Williams
The porches on our new parsonage afford beautiful views and peaceful respites from the busy world. However our old Adirondack chairs are warped in all the wrong places and don’t inspire anyone to sit for very long. So I decided to check for wooden porch rockers like they sell at Cracker Barrel.

The problem was I didn’t want to pay much so it took a while (months actually) to find just the right chairs. Eventually I found three, paying only $10 for each one—and two of them had actually been purchased at Cracker Barrel by the previous owners! Dick put his excellent spray painting abilities to work and voile! We now have three comfy rockers on our back porch!

I noticed the other day that two of the chairs had rubbed together and a little of the paint from each one had been deposited on to the other. I was surprised at how just minor contact had allowed the colors to transfer.

Isn’t that why God warns us that “bad companions ruin good character”? (1 Corinthians 15:33) The bad habits of those we spend time with can and do rub off on us.

One of the best Biblical examples of this is Aaron and the golden calf. "Aaron's bull was a mixture of the powerful God who delivered the people through mighty works, and the pagan methods of worship that were borrowed from the people around them." (

On the other hand, the fine example of devoted believers can strengthen our own faith.  Proverbs 27:17 says “People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron.”

I thank God for the witness of my fellow faith bloggers*** and for the uplifting comments of so many readers. Your stories touch my heart and rub off on my actions. Every day the words of encouragement from one or more of you faithful followers of Jesus inspire me to “press on toward the goal in order to win the prize which is God's call through Christ Jesus to the life above.” (Philippians 3:14)


***To those of you who share your faith through blogging, I say, keep writing my friends! We need you! I realize that blogging is a huge commitment of time and creativity, but please know that your efforts are not in vain. Even though we don’t always comment, we, your readers, are digesting the truths you share and the world is changing for the better one post at a time.

©2014 Pamela D. Williams


  1. That's a great analogy, Pam. If we don't put on the armor of God we're sure to get smudged with the wrong colors. I'm in agreement on the encouragement we give and get and what it does for us. Well said.

  2. Hello Pam!
    I, too, believe that bad habits can rub-off on us. We have to stay prayed-up and full of His Word while we are among those who do not believe...and, those who believe. We walk among unbelievers all of the time and we must be on guard, while at the same time, allowing our Light to shine through. It is a fine line that we must walk. Now, Jesus walked with the worst and their bad habits did not rub-off on Him. Instead, He was the One who rubbed-off on them. Isn't that wonderful and amazing! I hope that we can all become more like Jesus in our walk and rub-off on those around us...that our Light would set them free! And, oh, the beauty and comfort of being with fellow believers! I thank God for His followers, as we need the love and encouragement of each other, as we walk~

  3. Congrats on the new rockers, they look just great! And a wonderful lesson you found i the paint transfer. Even if I don't mean to, I can pick up some habits and ideas that don't match my own. And it spoils my purity. A great thought to hold on to in this world.

    Hope you had a relaxing Sunday on your chairs :)

  4. I could buy rockers like that. But then I would wonder when in the world I would have the time to sit in them. :) Love reading your blog Pam. Glad I found it.

  5. I have another blogging friend who recently blogged about her *Cracker Barrel* rocking chairs! Must be a trend! :)

    You gave a great lesson here. Just the smallest contact can "rub off" on us in all the wrong ways. That old saying, "one bad apple..."

    Really seeking to keep on rockin' with The Rock - and asking Him to keep my paint all shiny and blemish-free!


  6. So much truth in what you point out! Now that my back-east vacation has ended, I'm back to mostly just being around my wife. There are some hours with people at church, but not just-drop-in-anytime kinds of friends or family.

    Love those colorful rockers.

    Tossing It Out