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Boiled Over

We all have moments when we are not at our best—moments we would like to erase from our memory. The other day I had one of those moments. I could make excuses and say I was run down, tired, in pain and all of them are true; however, there was a way around the mess that arose. Sadly we so often make that mental note after the fact.

The problems that arose involved three big factors—two that I already mentioned. Firstly, I was in pain. Secondly, I was tired. Pain and exhaustion cause us to react differently than we usually act. You are more sensitive, less patient, more irritable. Thirdly, I had things bottled up. A few weeks prior, things had occurred that I did not get to yet discuss so they were still sitting there in the pot. Oh what a pot that boiled over that evening.

Yes, we all have the moments. Thankfully I have a lot less of them. Today, remember to address things right away. Don’t bottle things up so they can boil over later. Be sure to get the rest your body needs. If you are in pain or distress, address that as well. Don’t leave any room for the devil to stir up a boiling pot so it boils over.

“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” – Psalm 127:2 [NLT]

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32 [NLT]

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Keep Watch

Whenever I make certain items for dinner, I have to keep watch over the boiling pot or it will overflow and make a huge mess. I had this happen numerous times and I know the importance of keeping watch. On this particular day I had a pot on the stove and turned my back for only a moment.

I turned my back ironically to scrub a dish that had some caked on food. It wasn’t as if I did something wrong like leaving the room. I thought I was close enough to keep watch. I thought turning my back for a moment would be okay. I needed to get the food off the dish. In the end, the pot boiled over and I had a much larger mess.

We are told to keep watch. Many things try to pull us away from keeping watch. At times we think some things vying for our attention are okay. Remember that there is a reason we are to keep watch. Keep watch. Don’t lose sight.

“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:36 [NIV]

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