My wife does something that is really disgusting.
It’s so gross that I almost gag just sitting here thinking about it.
I know you’re not supposed to gossip or talk about others, but I just can’t help it.
The thing my wife does is . . .
. . . put a strainer in the kitchen sink drain so that it catches all the food scraps that might clog the drain. I hate having to empty this slimy contraption when I wash the dishes.
(Now, for those of you who eased up in your seats to get a better view of a tidbit of juicy gossip, you may settle back into your comfortable position.)
A scrap strainer placed over the sink drain is designed to keep particles from flowing through the pipes and eventually building up into a clog. The captured food appears disgusting. But I can tell you from experience, the prevention is far less gross than a repair.
When it comes to our communication with others and about others, how many times would a strainer prove abundantly useful for our mouths, our ears, our eyes, and our fingertips.
If only we could purchase an inexpensive screen to filter our communication before we pass it on to another person. If only we could buy a wire mesh which would prevent scrap-like communication from entering our minds. If such a device existed, it would majorly decrease our troubles. And it would amaze us just how disgusting the messages we often send and receive truly are.
But we can’t purchase such a device.
All we can do is work toward being quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. (James1:19). When we realize that the things we say directly reflect the condition our hearts, then we may become more careful about what we send and receive. (Matthew 12:34-37). Being unable to restrain our communication renders our religion null and void. (James1:26).
May we ever strive to make our communication gracious, perfectly seasoned with the salt of Christlikeness. (Colossians 4:6).
(P.S. I received my wife’s permission to publish this as long as I included a disclaimer that I would not have to deal with a gross strainer if I would install a garbage disposal. But that’s another story completely.)
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