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.

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