Change the Atmosphere

Change the Atmosphere

Lindsay Roberts

I picked up my car from the repair shop one day, and somebody had tuned the radio to a station that was really loud. The music was no longer music ― it had crossed over the line into just plain noise. All of a sudden, the atmosphere in the car made my brain hurt. So what did I do? I changed the atmosphere surrounding me by taking action. I switched the radio off!

In the same way, you have the power to transform the atmosphere in your home by taking action. For example, you can refuse to get in the middle of an argument. Ecclesiastes 3:7 NIV says, There is a time to be silent and a time to speak. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is keep your mouth shut. But this is a positive action of faith.

When someone is quarreling in your presence, it’s easy to join in. But by choosing to remain silent or to pray under your breath, you can often change the climate in the situation to one of peace and reconciliation. Sometimes God will tell you to say something. At other times He will tell you to say nothing. The important thing is to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and obey Him.

If you don’t like the atmosphere surrounding you, you have the ability to change it by positive action. Give it to God. Say, “God, this is Your problem. I refuse to strike back.” Whatever way God chooses to being healing and peace to the situation, listen and obey.