Today, my husband was doing dishes for his aged Mother. As he was washing one of the bowls he saw that the bowl was cracked. "Mom," he said, "I am going to throw this bowl away. It has a crack in it." To which his Mom replied, " O no, that is a bowl that my mother-in-law gave to me. I can still use it for cold items."

Getting a woman to throw away a favorite dish that is cracked is as difficult as getting a man to throw away a favorite necktie that is old and soiled or possibly out of date. It is difficult to decide what we ought to keep and what should be thrown away. Most of us need the knack of using the waste basket properly.

Many times we keep our grudges and prejudices. There is the wastebasket right beside the desk; better use it. But no, like splintered baseball bats, punctured basketballs, bent fishing poles, and old treadless tires, we can't throw them out. They seem like old friends; we're afraid we'd be lost without them. These grudges and prejudices crowd our hearts until there is no room for the fresh and new that God would want to place in our hearts.

In Ephesians 4:31, the Word of God gives us insights concerning garbage that might be contaminating our attitude. "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice."

In other words, take these attitudes to the dump and put them in the garbage. They stink! Our Lord does not want His children to hang on to attitudes that crack our vessels.

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