“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?” (NIV)
When I was young I remember learning about “porous” materials. Things that are porous have tiny holes or spaces so that liquid or air can pass through.
A sponge is porous. Cork is porous.
And so are you.
Well, kind of. If I were to pour water over your skin it wouldn’t run through right away. That’s not what I mean. When I say you’re porous, what I’m saying is that what’s on the outside of you affects what’s on the inside of you.
When you’re in the sun (something on the outside of you) if often changes how you feel (on the inside). And when you’re around thoughtful people (something on the outside of you) if often changes how you feel (on the inside).
In other words, you’re porous.
All of this is my way of saying that you should remember you’re porous when making significant decisions.
Too often we make significant decisions when we’re in a bad state of mind—when we’ve just let a bunch of junk into our souls. When we’ve just had a bad day, sat through traffic, or listened to some crazy talking head on the news, we need to create some distance between us and the junk if we’re going to make healthy, faithful decisions.
One of my own personal rules is that I never make a big decision in front of a screen. Instead, I go for a walk, pray, or just relax for a bit. Since I’m porous, I let out the dark to make room for the light.
No matter who you are, I want the best for you. So be sure to make those big decisions when you’re at your best.
By Matthew Ruttan
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