Rotten Rubbish


Lori Dixon reminds us that if we want to give off fragrant, Jesus-filled words, we should not litter our hearts and minds with trash.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matthew 23:27-28 ESV)

My little black terrier, Mona Lisa, is adorable.

But she stinks.

At first glance, you think you want to be near her and cuddle her . . . and then she breathes. Oh my goodness; rotten eggs can’t compete. You quickly push her away. This is a new development and one that came with her old age. My daughters whine and beg me to take her to the doggy groomers but washing and trimming her hair is not going to clear up her breath. That’s an inside issue.

So often as Christians, we walk into a room and our smile and demeanor attracts others . . . briefly. Then we open our mouths and start breathing on people air and attitudes that just reek, driving them away. I’m not talking about something that can be solved by breath mints; it’s the condition of our hearts and minds!

One thing that makes my dog’s breath so bad is when she eats garbage – straight up from the can. She doesn’t have a distinguished palate and will devour either kitchen or bathroom delicacies indiscriminately.

So, what are we eating ladies? Are we eating up pop-culture shows that absolutely offend our Lord and the values He’s called us to? Or are we munching on trashy books and magazines? Maybe it’s a few garbage websites that eat up our time, littering our hearts and minds.

If we want to give off fragrant, Jesus filled Words, we may need to clean up our diet.

Lord, forgive us for craving the things of this world and filling our hearts and minds with trash. May we wake up each day with a desire for your Presence and your Word . . . fill us, Holy Spirit, with sweet aromas to share. Amen!


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