Stephanie clapped a hand over her mouth. She had said a word she knew she should never use. "Oops! I'm sorry, Mom," she said when she saw her mother's stern look. "I didn't mean to say that. It just slipped out, probably because I hear it so much at school." Stephanie shrugged. "I don't really know what I can do about that, do you?" She watched as Mom put a white paper into the basket of the coffee pot. "What's that thing for?" asked Stephanie.
"This is a filter," said Mom. She began to spoon coffee grounds into the basket. "The filter lets the water through but keeps the coffee grounds from going into the coffee." She plugged the coffee pot into the outlet.
"That filter is a pretty good example of what you need to do to keep from hearing bad words," Mom added. "You need to learn to filter out all the bad things you hear and see. Just because you see someone do something wrong, you don't have to do it, too. And just because you hear bad words, you don't have to say them. Filter out the bad and keep the best!"
"How?" asked Stephanie.
"Purposely concentrate on things that are good," suggested Mom. "Say a prayer for help when you are faced with something displeasing
to God, and depend on Him for help. He wants
to give it to you."
"Okay, I'll try," agreed Stephanie. She showed her mother an online ad. "Can I watch this show tonight?" Stephanie asked.
Mom read the description and shook her head. "I don't think it's the type of program you should see," she said. "It sounds pretty violent, and I'm sure the language and morals wouldn't be what God wants us to say and do."
"Yeah, probably," Stephanie admitted. But then she grinned. "It'll be okay
if I watch it. I'll just filter out all the bad stuff," she teased.
"No way!" Mom exclaimed. "We should filter bad things out when we can't help but see or hear them. But we shouldn't dump garbage into our minds on purpose." She gave Stephanie a playful swat. "Shall I dump garbage into this coffeepot, let the filter do its best, and then serve you the resulting drink?"
Stephanie laughed. "No way!"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you find yourself unintentionally saying or doing something wrong?
The best policy is to avoid being where you’ll hear or see bad things. If that's impossible, ask the Lord to
help you filter out the bad influences and to keep only the thoughts and ideas that are acceptable to Him.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 19:14 (KJV)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord.
*Verse displayed is NKJV