I am nortoriously clumsy when it comes to eating. Sometimes I feel like I should wear a hazmat suit when I eat. When my family goes out to eat my wife will purposely bring an abundance of napkins to the table, not for my two boys mind you, but for me. It’s bad.
Then there are others that are “spillers.” Drinks cannot stay upright in the presence of these folks. You know who they are and you choose your seat accordingly. Spiritually speaking we’re all spillers in life. Imagine your life as a cup. Your life cup holds the contents of where you are spiritually and emotionally. Whenever your cup is bumped in life by crisis, stress, discouragement, accusation, ridicule, rejection; what’s in your cup spills out.
If we’re plugged tightly into Jesus we’ll spill grace, flexibility, peace, and joy. If not, you might spill this toxic waste: rage, malice, envy, sarcasm, defensiveness, jealousy, anxiety…just plain drama. External circumstance and other’s actions do the bumping, but what comes out is what’s already in our cup. Instead of blaming people for our reactions we need to realize that others have nothing to do with it. Listen to how Jesus speaks to this:
Matthew 15:18–19 (ESV)
18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
What comes out of our mouth is what is already in our heart. Here’s a redeeming truth: Jesus came to give us a new heart (a new cup). He longs to fill us up with himself. You can keep yourself topped off with Jesus by spending time with Him in solitude and studying His word.
I’d rather be spilling Jesus than myself any day. There’s no question that we’re going to spill in this life. The question is….what will we spill.
(Let me hear from you. What do you do when you realize you’ve had a toxic spill? Share below.)