April 26, 2011

the filter

i recently made a life-changing purchase that i feel is going to probably affect the whole course of my existence. when i think of my town's drinking water, i am instantly reminded of the elephant in "tarzan" asking his mother, "are you sure this water's sanitary? it looks questionable to me!" so as a result of the questionable amoebas floating around in my water, i purchased...the brita water bottle.

that's right, i said bottle. the most brilliant, economical, sanitary creation known to mankind. you basically can start saving your life for a mere $9.99. what this little wonder does is purify your water as you drink it. you fill it up, and as you drink it, the water passes through a filter built into the lid before it escapes to your mouth. sheer brilliance.

the first time you fill it up and squeeze out the water, all kinds of black impurities immediately filter out of it, cleansing the system. and after that initial outpouring, the impurities that are removed are all of the countless little amoebas invisible to our eyes, nasty little things that you didn't even realize were in there.

you can fill the brita water bottle up at a water fountain. you could even show true bravery and fill it up in a gas station bathroom, and you better believe that water's gonna get clean! but in acquiring this delightful personal filter, it made me desire an actual personal filter.

what if each of us had a built-in filter for our hearts and our mouths? what if everything we were about to say were processed through a filter at the lid before it was able to escape our mouths? what if the flow of our hearts were cleansed before it could reach and affect anyone else?

i imagine that the first time we would fill it up and squeeze out the water, all kinds of black impurities would immediately filter out of it, cleansing the system. and after that initial outpouring, the impurities that were removed would be all of the countless little amoebas invisible to our eyes, nasty things that we didn't even realize were there.

i want to live life as a brita water bottle: filtering every thought before it becomes a word or an action. i want to keep my impurities and imperfections from affecting and hurting someone else. i want to make sure that the water is sanitary instead of questionable. i want to bring light, to bring purity, to bring peace to other lives. i want to make a life-changing purchase that is going to affect the whole course of my existence in the name of the ONE who made a life-changing purchase for me.
so i leave you with this thought: is your water sanitary?

"create in me a clean heart, o GOD, and renew a right spirit within me. cast me not away from your presence, and take not YOUR HOLY SPIRIT from me. restore to me the joy of YOUR salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit." psalm 51:10-12

1 comment:

  1. What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.' - Matt. 15:11

    Well said, Charissa!

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