The warm temperatures of summer time have a way of growing bacteria faster, and hence, precipitating the onset of unpleasant smells. A prime example of where this may happen is the kitchen garbage can. If I don’t empty the trash quickly after that smell starts, the smell has a way of odorizing the entire kitchen, and eventually wafting to other rooms, as well. There’s nothing like waking up in the morning to the smell of garbage or walking in the door from outside to that same smell.
The solution, of course, is to take out the trash. Put the trash in the outdoor container with the lid closed, and on trash day surrender it to the sanitation engineers to take it away and dispose of it properly.
That is something we are very glad to do.
Of course I’m reminded of how our stinky attitudes can build up during (or after) a heated debate and waft out into the social environment around us. We don’t have to have an all-out emotional explosion for that to happen. Our stinky attitudes are perceivable by others the moment we walk into (or march out of) the room.
So, shouldn’t we be just as willing to take out the stinky trash-attitudes and surrender them to the One who shed His lifeblood to cleanse us from every sin? Why keep that stench around to make life less than beautiful for ourselves and others when we can bring it to Jesus and ask for forgiveness? He will gladly take it away, and He would know best how to dispose of it forever!
So, let’s begin a new day, surrendering our stinky attitudes to Jesus, and let’s not go digging back through the trash to retrieve them. If we will let Him take them away, life on this earth will be so much better.
It’s time for a little talk with Jesus, don’t you think?
Today I’m thankful for trash pickup.
I’m thankful that I don’t have to keep stinky things smelling up the house.
I am also thankful that Jesus shed His blood so my stinky attitudes can be cleansed and taken away.
What about you? Do you have trash pickup where you live? Are you thankful for that service? Why do you suppose we have such a hard time letting go of our own stinky attitudes? Aren’t you glad that Jesus died so we can be forgiven and cleansed?