The melt is on here in Finland, and in the midst of it I noticed a very interesting and thought-provoking occurrence. Next to our porch, a huge pile of snow sits as a result of the many times we’ve had to shovel during January and February (tammikuu ja helmikuu). As we sat in the car talking and just perusing the yard and roof of the house, I noticed a continual drip emerging from the gutter. In watching its path, I saw a sight that, in the physical, is completely insignificant.

We’ve had a record snowfall this year. Nearly a month ago, the weather service was reporting that we’d surpassed the 2011 winter (talvi) snowfall. So needless to say, there is ‘no’ grass showing in our yard right now! Yet, that continual dripping had created a hole that went straight through the snow pile, all the way to the rock and grass beneath.

That hole got me to thinking. A simple, continual small drip of water created it. What kind of things drip into our lives that create holes? Conversely, what kind of things do we continually drip into other people’s lives that affect them?

The water drip is a positive thing. Spring has to come and snow is not a part of that season, so it needs to melt. As the temperature rises, the natural melting process begins to occur. It’s a good thing. But, not all ‘constant dripping’ is positive.

Are we a postive, or negative, ‘drip?’ (Now, I realize that to call one a drip is not a good thing. But, let that go for a few minutes and think of it in the context to which I am referring (smile).)

Galatians 5:22, 23 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”(KJV) “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23, NLT)

Proverbs 6:16-19, KJV: “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” (Proverbs 6:16-19, NLT) “There are six things the LORD hates—no, seven things He detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.”

Are we promoting positive change in both ourselves and others, or do we lean toward the negativity that the enemy of our represents?

Are we seeking to follow Christ in every word we say, deed we perform, or action that we contemplate?

Truthfully, we are human, and it is a very somber thing to say we are Christian when the first part of that word is “Christ” – – our Lord was perfect, and it is impossible for us to obtain perfection here on earth. But, as people who seek The Way, we are working towards being a Christian as much as we possibly can.

I just want to be a positive drip, not a negative one. Hopefully, this thought will impact you as much as it did me.

Glenda Alphin

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