Saturday, September 3, 2011

Plumb Line

In sharing my life story with a group of ladies this summer, I made reference to the term, “plumb line.” According to dictionary.com, a “plumb line” is a weight, usually with a pointed tip on the bottom that is suspended from a string and used as a vertical reference line.
A plumb line, for instance, is essential to hanging wallpaper; if the first piece is off center, all the walls will be askew. My plumb line is that straight line that determines if I fall off course. My chosen course is to love and serve God with all my heart, mind, and soul. How do I fall off course in my personal life? Do I believe today’s tv shows that seem to have to include offensive actions, behaviors and lifestyles in every episode? … do I believe the tabloids unavoidably read in the supermarket checkout line dragging people down? … do I watch the infomercials promoting a better body and younger looking skin? Usually not…I know to tune much of that out but what about the chit chat at work with someone higher up on the corporate ladder who is gossiping to us. How do we turn away and risk our work well-being? What about the empty spot in our heart that no person can fill – do we look to fill it in appropriate ways? What about the fears that keep us from accomplishing our potential and our excuses that keep us there?


A plumb line is a straight vertical reference...vertical - up and down. When we look up we see our Father and when we look down we see ourselves, it is a vertical relationship. Staying in alignment is a constant effort. Soaking in the Word of God, splayed with our face on the floor in prayer, a life serving others – time constantly spent aligning.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5 & 6

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