Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cleaning Off the Lint Trap

It is amazing to me how an insignificant event can often remind one of a very important life event, lesson, or person.  More times than not, I think about my dad when I clean off the lint trap on the clothes dryer.  And that’s a good thing.  Before we were even tall enough to reach the top of the dryer, Daddy taught us how to clean off the lint trap.  He explained that it had to be cleaned after every load so the dryer would dry the clothes faster and better and so that the machine would last longer.  Other lessons were learned along with cleaning off the lint trap.
* Consistency is important when learning a lesson.
* When you perform a task every time, it is easier not to be tempted to skip it.
* Understanding the reason why helps give validity to the task at hand.
* Taking care of little messes now keeps you from dealing with bigger messes later on.
* People and machines can perform to their full potential when the little and big things are clean and working to capacity.
* It is important to take care of people and things that are important and precious to you.
And since my body is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit, I need to be even more diligent about keeping it clean, in order, working at capacity, and ready to use at a moment’s notice.  The trash needs to be cleaned out daily and replaced with what is good and beneficial.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 
I Corinthians 6:19-20
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.  “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.  Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:25-32

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