Are You Hot?



I had a moment of enlightenment this evening. And I choked on it.

I was standing at a window, pondering a decision I had to make. As too often happens with me, I was waffling between one option and another—and the less risky option was winning.

With the thought still fresh in my mind, I turned to get a drink from the water cooler. As I poured a glass of room-temperature water, I glanced up at the calendar that hung on the wall. The Bible verse said, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9)

The verse was especially meaningful to me at that moment, with my insecure thoughts. But I let the words roll off my consciousness, returning to the thought of my “safe” decision, as I raised the glass of water to my lips.

One swallow was all it took—instant choke. For some unknown reason, I can not drink tepid liquids—my throat seizes up, and I’m left coughing and gasping for breath.

In mid-wheeze, another Bible verse suddenly appeared in my mind: “Because you are lukewarm—–neither hot nor cold—–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)


I had been studying my decision from a decidedly lukewarm point of view. I knew exactly what I wanted, but didn’t think it was possible, so was resigning myself to settling for less. I was being lukewarm—and if I admitted the truth to myself, I approached far too many other daily decisions in the same way.

I caught my breath and looked out the window again. What would happen if, just this once, I cast aside the tepid option and went all-out, full-tilt for the choice that required all my fire, enthusiasm, and confidence? The potential for failure was huge. But like the quote says:

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt


I know what I’m going to do.

So how about you?

Are you hot or not?


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12 Responses to “Are You Hot?”

  1. oo! very bold! go for it! I wish you all success on the bold move. Sometimes you really do have to just run with something, no matter how out there it seems. You’ll be better off for it in the long run, even if it doesn’t pan out exactly as you hoped.

  2. So true, and that’s awesome of you to say! Thank you!

  3. Go for it Christine!! When something is that profound you would be silly not to go for it. I wish you every success!!

  4. Thank you, Ange! And anyone who reads your blog can see that you are *hot*! :-)

  5. Thanks Christine! Once again, this speaks to me, about a decision I’m trying to make these days. I think I need to take the bolder (slightly crazy) option, and dare to fail, rather than maintaining the mediocre status quo.

    May God heap blessings on your endeavors!


  6. *Hug* Erin! And may He do the same for yours!

  7. Mousewords,
    It is true that we need ” fire ” in our heart.
    I want to make it hotter and let the warmth flowing out.
    Christine, you can do it, I think your success will come.
    Have a wonderful life, best wishes from coolingstar9

  8. Interesting point of introspection. Very positive!

  9. Thanks! :-)

  10. Did this ever just hit home for me! Wow, two bible verses and your words; it was like a snap. I’m hearing that voice talking to me through you, and also tonight Jason, and others. It’s time to pick up and get going for me as well.

    Thank you.

  11. Todd, that means so much to me to hear my post would do that! Thank you. And best wishes to you in your goals!

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