Should You Trust Your Ding Meter? Posted by Maureen Lang

EleganceMeter-833553I had to smile when I read both Vicki’s and Jim’s postings here on Christians Read. Over the weekend my husband was telling me about someone he’d heard either on the radio or online as she discussed the elements of her self-designed faith. She simply runs everything by her “ding meter” and accepts what feels right and lets the rest pass her by.

Vicki pointed out that God wires us to do the things He wants us to do. In fact, her description of putting together a plot idea is a scenario I’m happy to say I’ve enjoyed myself. And Jim took the thought a little farther to remind us that the real bliss in life is when we get to do what God designed for us to do—that passion doesn’t come from duty, it comes from desire. Seeking the will of God is where the bliss Vicki talked about can be found, because He designed us with a depth of love that we can barely imagine. It’s little wonder we’re so blessed when our desires fit just right into the tasks He’s provided for us to do.

So what about the lady with the ding meter? From the moment my husband described her, my own little ding meter went off, but my ding meter isn’t something I fashioned by myself. It’s been honed by reading the Bible, sitting under the teaching of many pastors and professionals, by prayer and submission. I point this out because I have more than a couple relatives who listen to their own ding meter, one that is merely a shadow of the one God installed in them. It hasn’t been shorn up by the rest of the things God provided, like seeking His input, wisdom, or counsel. Yet they listen to this shadow more than they listen to the word of God. They define God for themselves rather than seeking Him through prayer, His creation and the Book He provided for us.

We’re all readers here at Christians Read; let’s start the New Year off right by regularly reading the Book that reveals God, the divinely inspired Book that is incredible in its knowledge of the human condition, in the prophecies it holds, the history it reveals, the science it reveals, the sheer beauty of it as it reveals God’s incredible love for us. That’s the only way to hone a ding meter!

I’m convinced that when we know God, more specifically when we know His love, the rest of life’s enjoyment—like all the good books we’ll read this year—will only be better because of the peace we enjoy knowing we were created by someone who loves us.

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About Maureen Lang

Author of a dozen novels, Maureen Lang has won the Selah Award, a Holt Medallion, FHL's Reader's Choice Award, and been a finalist in such contests as the Christy, the Rita, the Carol, Book Buyer's Best, and others. Before publication she was the recipient of a Golden Heart and a Genesis (then called the Noble Theme). She resides with her husband and kids in the Chicago area. Titles by Maureen Lang All In Good Time Bees In The Butterfly Garden Springtime Of The Spirit Whisper On The Wind Look To The East My Sister Dilly On Sparrow Hill The Oak Leaves Remember Me Pieces Of Silver
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4 Responses to Should You Trust Your Ding Meter? Posted by Maureen Lang

  1. I’ve heard about those “ding meters,” Maureen. It’s kind of like when a single woman suggests that she and God have an “understanding” when she wants to do something that doesn’t fall in line with the Biblical principles we know. Early Christians often used a ding meter, since they didn’t have the Bible, and so they couldn’t rely on what they’d learned to live a righteous life. We, however, do have that Bible, and we have what we need to know how to live. If we don’t, it’s on our shoulders. I realize God forgives, but I have a feeling He’s going to be less pleased with a “ding meter” when we had His Word to live by. At least, that’s the way I know I must live my life, and that’s what I must repent for when I mess up.

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    • Maureen Lang says:

      Totally agree! The Bible says God made the truth of Him obvious to all of us (Rom 1:19) so I do believe a ding meter has been divinely installed in each of us – but what we do with it is entirely up to us, our responsibility. As you say, the Bible is the final authority on how to hone the conscience He gave us!

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  2. Love this line and the truth in it.

    “I point this out because I have more than a couple relatives who listen to their own ding meter, one that is merely a shadow of the one God installed in them.”

    And their own ding meter ( believe) is being influenced by a spiritual being other than the Holy Spirit.

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    • Maureen Lang says:

      Eph 6:11-13 says you’re right, Jim!

      I’m always amazed by people who are okay with defining God for themselves and not seeing any pride or foolishness in doing so. If someone investigates God through various religions, picking and choosing which elements “feel right,” such an investigation disrespects all of the truths they may have stumbled across. There may be elements of truth in many places, but if one disagrees with another, then what? There must be a basis for ultimate truth that doesn’t deny other “truths”, right? I can only imagine the spiritual battles around us when people try defining truth for themselves rather than first looking for an authority beyond their own feelings.

      Sorry! Didn’t mean to get all philosophical…

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