Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Is Your Bucket Clean?


Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing Proverbs 12:18

Dr. Bob Snyder’s postings grab me in two ways.  First I appreciate his unbelievable transparency and humility and second the practical application of his words.  In a recent blog  he challenged me with the following thought;

When I clean the kitchen floor, I first go to the closet to get the bucket. I often find that my bucket has miscellaneous items in it and dirt at the bottom that has mysteriously appeared since the last time I used it. So my first job is to empty and clean the bucket before I can fill it with water to clean the dirty floor.

As I come to Jesus each day, I find myself in much the same position. Wanting to fill my "spiritual bucket" with living water from Jesus but finding my bucket full of the cares of the world and my sin. Only when I empty my bucket and Jesus does His cleaning process in me, can my bucket be filled with His Living Water. Only then can He use His Living Water in me to overflow into other people's lives.

Bob’s words when taken in conjunction with the verse found in Proverbs 12:18 remind me that the dirt that remains in my heart at the end of each day will no doubt find its way into the words I speak to my husband / wife and/or children.  For what comes out of me is what is inside of me.  If I have failed to begin each day “rinsing” my mind with God’s Word and filling it with the clear, clean Living water that can only come from the Lord, most certainly my speech will be contaminated before the day is out.

Some of you are thinking “that sounds all well and good but you don’t know how hectic the mornings are around my house.”  Here is the bottom line, every one of us finds the time to do what we truly want to do whether it is to check up on friends on Face Book, to do the newspaper crossword puzzle or to turn on CNN-Sports.  Get up 5 minutes earlier. Find a devotional you can read in 3 minutes and spend 2 minutes in prayer.  Now that wasn’t so hard was it?


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