Do you ever look around and see yourself surrounded in “dirt”. Not necessarily literally, though it could be (I don’t know your circumstances). I know when I start to write and speak more ‘dirt’ I need to stop…take a look around me and see what is in my immediate line of vision.
Typically I’m listening to something or someone that is not only NOT edifying to me but it is doing me harm.
Think Pigpen. Innocent, darling, FILTHY…Pigpen! He comes into a room and everyone in the immediate vicinity either scatters or finds themselves covered in the dirt he carries with him. He seems loveable and fairly inconsequential, unfortunately he’s not.
Pigpen could be visual dirt or the less obvious mental, emotional, verbal dirt. We have all been around Pigpen at one time or another and felt the consequences of this interaction.
Initially, it’s subtle. You may catch yourself thinking or even saying something you typically would NEVER think or say. You may even throw a little dirt on someone else unintentionally. There are some people, I call Pigpen People, who INTENTIONALLY spread their dirt until the whole place is choking in the dust and debris. You may be perfectly clean and then be around a Pigpen Person for a few days and start feeling “dirty” and look around for the culprit and it’s YOU! AGHHH NOOOOOO!
Today I need to remind myself to wash up and steer clear of the Pigpen People who may be seeking me out. Today this is my prayer:
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my ROCK and my REDEEMER.” Psalm 19:14