Stock charts are fascinating things, measuring more than profit and loss. Those curves and dips and spikes on a line chart reveal the average combination of investors’ fear and greed and wisdom and folly, at any given moment.
More than practicality and intelligence, emotion determines the direction of the chart. Fear causes investors to abandon their stock when they ought to hold, and greed compels them to hold when they should get out.
Every day, even christmas and wedding days, serious traders are gripped by charts. Wall Street pays more attention to charts than christians do Christ. Make that much more.
Anything can be charted. Room temperature, work performance, snowfall, peace, anxiety…. anything.
You can be charted. Actually, perhaps you are being charted. (And perhaps not.) We do know that someone is keeping score; rewards received at the judgment seat of Christ will be true.
If you are not charted, you could be. The Holy Spirit could chart your emotions, failures, spiritual growth…. everything. Or He could chart everything together, the average of all those elements that make you you.
The value of relationship between you and your Lord Jesus Christ, which is more essential than anything, could be charted. It would be helpful to see a chart of all those years between today and when you were “born of the Spirit”. Because….
Because it would be clear how much you have grown…. or wilted. You could calculate where you will likely be at your last day on earth, heading into eternity. You’ll have a good idea what your rewards, if any, will be.
The Holy Spirit could do an annual chart, a monthly, weekly or daily.
You would only need be concerned with the daily chart. Do well in that every day and all charts will, in time, improve considerably.
Be content with a daily upward climb, a gradual betterment of relationship with He who loves you extremely. You will certainly hear those beautiful words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”