It’s time to get better!

Hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil. Anything is possible! What are the chances of a deaf man, blind woman and a lady with her mouth covered sitting next to each other on a plane. Well it happened to me recently as I was boarding a plane heading back to Orlando from Toledo Ohio. The deaf guy, who would be me, sat down in the aisle seat. In the middle seat was a blind woman. Immediately after I sat down she started talking to me. Having a tough time understanding her, I explained that I was deaf and had to read lips. A few moments later, a lady approached our isle wearing a medical mask over her mouth (after all it was flu season). My first thought was “Lord, have Mercy, please let her be sitting in the isle behind me” as it is impossible for me to read lips when someone’s mouth is covered. Nope. The masked lady stopped at our isle and looked at the window seat. I assumed the seat was hers so I stood up explaining to her that I was deaf and read lips and the lady in the middle is blind. Without hesitating she proceeded to move in front of me, climb over the blind lady and settled into her assigned seat. Thankfully, the two ladies hit it off and began talking. This allowed for me to read my book the entire flight. Again I ask, what are the chances of a deaf, blind and mouth-covered individual sitting next to each other? Well, it got me thinking. Could God be trying to say something. After all, our pastors at church have been preaching on “Spring Cleaning”. Not the spring cleaning we do in our homes as we get ready for summer, rather they are talking about the spring cleaning of our hearts and minds. 1 Peter 1:16 says “For it is written, be holy, because I am holy.” God wants us to live a life that is holy and pleasing in His sight. This is impossible to do without the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. If we listen to the Holy Spirit and are being led by the Holy Spirit, we will obey the still small voice that says “this is the way, walk in it” Isaiah 30:21. Part of walking in the Spirit includes disciplining ourselves with who and what we listen to, what we watch, and what we say. It says in Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” We must exercise self-control. Choosing God-pleasing movies, television shows, music, books, etc. all matters. What we say matters, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28 The victorious life starts with Jesus Christ. Being made born again by His Holy Spirit, then walking with Jesus every day. Learning from Him by the reading and studying of God’s word, then letting Him have His way in your life. God loves you. His mercies are brand new every day. It’s time to get better!

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