DayBreaks for 6/13/17 – The Amazing Extent of Dirt

DayBreaks for 6/13/17: The Amazing Extent of Dirt

From the DayBreaks archive, 2007:

I don’t know about where you live, but unless you live in one of those “bubbles” or a clean-room environment in a medical or scientific lab, well, there’s just dirt everywhere.  I remember when the first floppy drives came out…they were very large (much larger than the 3-1/4” ones later on) and didn’t hold much data.  The company I was working for was quick to add them to our products for backup purposes (this was before CD’s, etc.), and we struggled with them because even a tiny speck of dust could cause the disk drive heads to crash and ruin data.  The introduction of Winchester disk technology was a real boon to the computer industry, because they used sealed disks that dirt couldn’t get into.

How I wish that my mind was of Winchester technology!  It seems that the “dirt” (not the material kind, but the sinful kind) gets into my mind way too easily.  And, just like the dirt in your kitchen, it’s hard to get out. 

In his book, Hearing God, Dallas Willard contemplates this problem and how the dirt of the world that gets into our mind can hinder our hearing of God.  What, for example, is your first reaction when you hear a siren passing by?  When you have car trouble, how long does it take before you take the matter to God?  Does our mind spontaneously return to God and His things when it’s not intensely occupied with things of work or school?  After all, the needle of a compass returns to true north…and if God is our “true north”, our minds should turn to Him, too.  Our answers to those kind of questions could be an indicator to us of how our mind is so firmly entrenched in false ways.

He notes that we’re still so very much like the world of Isaiah’s days (55:9-10): We wait for light, and lo! There is darkness; and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.  We grope like the blind along a wall, groping like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among the vigorous as though we were dead.

Why is this the case?  Willard suggests: “This is all because our minds – perhaps our very brains – need to have the false thoughts and habits washed out of them.  They so badly need to be washed that we rarely understand what life would be like if they were cleansed, and many of us do not even sense the need for cleansing.”

Remember when your mom talked about washing your mouth out with soap?  Maybe it’s time that we pray fervently that our Father will wash our minds out with the Spirit!

Romans 12:2 (NIV) – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 8:5-6 (NLT) – Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.  If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for the washing that leads us to cleansing.  We ask you today to wash our minds, for we give you permission to make them over in whatever way you see fit.  Take the dirt out that so easily contaminates us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 07/12/13 – The Dirt of Daily Failure

DayBreaks for 07/12/13 – The Dirt of Daily Failure

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FROM THE DAYBREAKS ARCHIVE, July 2003:       

We recently had our lawn in Maine seeded.  Wouldn’t you know it – the people who were supposed to have landscaped the yard didn’t get it sloped in the right places and we had some rather large puddles of water that I dubbed “Lake Dalrymple”.  It turned out that on the day after the rain started (it was still raining!), we were to have an open house as we tried to sell our home in anticipation of our move to California.  I didn’t want the big water puddles to be too visible, so I got on my rain jacket, boots and work gloves and went out into the rain to shovel dirt into the “lake”.  About 2 hours later, I was fairly satisfied with my effort – but I was a mess.  My jeans were caked with mud, my boots were filthy, my gloves were awful, and I had worked up a huge sweat. 

It reminded me of days long ago on the farm in Iowa when we would bale hay.  The summers were hot and humid.  It didn’t matter if you were up in the haymow of the barn, or riding the wagon in the field, stacking the hay onto the hay rack: your arms would very quickly be covered with greenish-brown hay dust and it would turn into a consistency like mud from the sweat pouring off your body.  Believe it or not, those are good memories.

Work like that shows how dirty we can get.  Even if we hold white collar jobs, we can still get dirty every day by the dirt of daily failure.  There isn’t a day goes by but we are surrounded by dirt and it is very hard to avoid getting some of it on us, isn’t it?  Our failures (either in word, action, thought, or in items left undone that should have been tended to) attach themselves to us as we go through each day.  At the end of those days working with the Iowa hay, I longed to get clean at night – to get the itchy stuff off as soon as I could. 

It’s been a long week.  How’d you do at keeping “clean”?

Our daily contacts with world make us in need of cleansing as often as not.  We need time to get rid of the filth, to get refocused on what is important, to clean up and make ourselves presentable to the King.  Perhaps that is why the Lord’s prayer infers daily communication (“Give us this day…”).  God knew what a mess we’d get ourselves into and He also knows how to clean us up again.  All we have to do is come to Him…and try harder to stay clean tomorrow.

Copyright 2003 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER:  How wonderful it will be when we no longer get covered with dirt of any kind!  Thank you for your promise to clean us and make us presentable before the King!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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