You know, I really don’t mind coming home from work, smelling like grease. I wash my clothes daily, make sure my watch gets scrubbed in the shower (along with the rest of me), and coat my hands with lotion to prevent “lizard-hands”, after all the glove-wearing.
But after you sautée some vegetables, they’ve changed their color, consistency, and taste. They sure aren’t the same as when you started with them. And can you possibly undo the changes you’ve made in them, afterward?
Likewise, I can handle all the bodily scrubbing, but what scrub brush will clean out the filth that has accumulated in my brain? I’ve heard it said that what you hear, you don’t really forget. It’s waiting to burst out, even if it waits until you’re senile. And I don’t want it to burst out. I don’t even want it to stay in there. I want the dirt removed.
Perhaps I should protest over the language that I hear, but instead, I just shut down, don’t respond, or pretend I don’t hear. I think some have noticed. But you know… this too shall pass.
Some reading on the subject, to take to heart… my heart, especially.
“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile; Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and pursue it.” –1 Peter 3:10,11
“But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, who are made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” –James 3:8-11