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A resolution really worth doing

by Coye Bouyer

LANSING, MI – Calibration is defined as an association between measurements – one of a scale or accuracy made or set with one piece of equipment, and another measurement made in as similar a way as possible with a second piece of equipment.

The piece of equipment or device with the known or assigned accuracy is called the standard. While standards may vary, depending upon industry requirements, in general, calibration is often regarded as the process of adjusting the measurement of an instrument to agree with the previously determined standard.

For example, if one were going to calibrate a thermometer used to measure the temperature of food, the process would be one of filling a cup with ice and then topping it off with water. After letting the ice water sit for three minutes, you would then place the thermometer in the center of the cup making sure not to touch the sides. The temperature should read 32 degrees Fahrenheit. If not, there is one of two ways the thermostat can be calibrated.

The first is to record the difference and then offset your thermometer by the amount over or under the 32 degrees. Secondly, if you have the proper tools one can adjust the thermostat itself to 32 degrees once removed.

Due to the fact that over time there is a tendency for accuracy to ‘drift;’ this drifting is the result of both standard use and at times misuse. The point is that over time the accuracy of an instrument shifts from the predetermined standard. Thus, in order to be confident in the results being measured there is an ongoing need to service and maintain equipment through continuous process known as re-calibration.

In fact, it is due to this continual process (re-calibration) measurements maintain accuracy, remain reliable, and repeatable. Likewise, within the Christian life it is essential for every Christian to examine our behaviors, taking a real look at the conditions of our lives in order to see if what we believe lines up with the standards that have been set forth by God and His word.

As we move from 2021 into 2022, many will make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, love themselves more, and just be a better you. I want to challenge us all to make a resolution really worth doing; To take a moment and examine your spiritual man.

For if we are honest with ourselves we can admit that much of the cares, concerns and conflicts of 2020 spilled over into 2021. Whether it was COVID and its cousins (Delta and Omicron), the fight over vaccines and its boosters, or the ongoing argument ‘to wear’ or ‘not to wear masks,’ 2021 has found itself with difficult dilemmas still yet to be worked out.

In 2021 our world remained wobbly and spiritual lives were still shaken. So, as we move into the New Year, take a moment to re-calibrate your mind to remember real righteousness (found only by a faith in Jesus). Take time to pause for the cause of re-calibrating your heart to a heart that knows the capacity of His resurrection, the fellowship of His suffering, and one who is being conformed to His death.

As you and I do this we will find ourselves re-aligning (or as I like to say, falling back in-line) with the Savior who came to save us from a world that is still on its way to Hell. Therefore let us do what Christians have been commissioned and called to do since those first disciples were sent out 2000 years ago. So GO, and Make Disciples, Teaching them and Baptizing them as we continue to ‘Punch Holes in the Darkness for the Kingdom of God.’ God Bless You!



Pastor Coye L. Bouyer is the founding pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Lansing, MI where he has served since March of 2010. Pastor Bouyer recently stepped into the Diversity Ambassador role for the BSCM and firmly believes that he was not only called to Preach the Gospel as part of the process of reconciliation of man to God, but also using any platform as a bridge of reconciliation of man to man, and even more so amongst the brethren. Pastor Bouyer and his lovely wife Keturah (Gen. 25:1) have been married four over 20 years and have four children; Sierra, Seth, Cayla and Coye II.


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