When I was a teenager I loved to write little quotes in my Bible. Every blank page was filled with youthful collection of meaningful nuggets, sermon notes, or memorable poems. In the many years since my youth I have often wished I could read some of those poems and quotes that still linger in my fading memory. These little gems will surface every once in awhile and make for a perfect illustration.
One of the quotes I can quickly recall I first jotted down over forty years ago in my Bible: “A cup full of sweet water no matter how violently shaken can only spill out sweet water.” Jesus said it another way, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
I can recall a little too quickly a few times in my life when the water that spilled out of my cup was anything but sweet. Still, I am ever thankful for the gentle working of the Holy Spirit in my life to cultivate and work the fallowed ground.
On the turbulent days when our cup gets bumped frequently let this scripture be what spills out, “Pleasant words are a honey comb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24)
This week there’s a pretty good chance your cup is going to get bumped. Will you purpose in your heart NOW to let kindness be the rule of the day?
A Cup Full Of Sweet Water
By Beverly Joy Roberts