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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Staying centered on the potter’s wheel

by Pam Roth
Every time I think about being centered, I have to think about a lump of clay on the potter’s wheel. We’re privileged to live in an area where there are a vast number of artisans. One of those artist is Peter Anderson, a well known artist and potter. And though, we have been several times to the Anderson’s pottery - Shearwater - my mind goes way back to when we lived in Springfield, Missouri and we were just an hour away from Branson - home of Silver Dollar City.

Often when we went to Branson, we would stop by the pottery. I’m very drawn to pottery - it seems to speak to me - metaphorically that is. Anyway, I can still remember a time when the potter threw this huge glob of clay on the potter’s wheel and he began to slowly spin the wheel. Suddenly, the potter began to pick up speed; and as the wheel went faster, the clay began to lean to one side - pulling away from the center. Of course, you know what happened, right? The clay was way off-center, so the potter scooped it up and threw it back on the wheel and then he began all over again.

So the question is, “How do we stay centered on the potter’s wheel?” If in the analogy - Christ is the potter and we are the clay, how do we stay centered? What keeps us from spinning out of control and veering too far to one side or the other - perhaps fretting over a decision, getting angry with someone, becoming jealous, or afraid to take that next step because we are concerned what someone might say about us or that we may not measure up to their expectation.

May I share a Scripture that was an encouragement to me this week? Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid. (GNT)” In this verse, we see that Jesus left us with peace - not the kind of peace the world hopes for; but, we have been given a gift - His peace.

He is our peace. He is our center. When we get off kilter, we have a choice to either bring ourselves back to the center of the “potter’s wheel” and get centered or continue out of balance hoping that eventually everything will work out. How will you respond to the choice you need to make?

Here are six steps to consider:
  1. Take time to know the God of peace (I Peter 3:18 – 22 & John 16:33)
  2. Pursue peace by living in harmony with yourself and others…be sympathetic, compassionate, and humble (Colossians 3:15, I Peter 3:8 – 12, Romans 12:17 – 21, Ephesians 4:1 – 6)
  3. Keep your heart filled with peace by eliminating transgressions in your life (I John 1:9 & Proverbs 14:30)
  4. Seek peace by reading the Word of God (Psalm 85:10)
  5. Rest in the fact that you can have peace with God (Romans 5:1)
  6. Enjoy the peace of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)
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  1. Excellent article, Pam!

  2. JUST what I needed to hear today...right now...Thanks Pam!

  3. Thanks for this, Pamela! I loved it. I want to kick off the school year centered on Christ.


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