Are You a Toxic Person?
During the summer, keeping perfect chemistry in my pool is at the forefront of my mind. Every morning I follow the routine of brewing coffee and looking out the back window to make sure it looks great. There is a lot to learn about keeping a pool crystal clear, it’s much more than digging a hole and filling it full of water. Nobody wants to jump into a green pool full of algae and nobody enjoys the murky water and what lies under the unknown. What if everything looks good? What if the water is gorgeous? What if the water isn’t safe to swim in but looks great? If the chlorine level is too high in a pool it can do many things that will hurt the swimmer. Pool experts discourage swimming in pools with high chlorine levels.
The same type of toxic water that can be in a pool can be living inside of us if we ignore our spiritual chemistry. Calcium, chlorine, and alkalinity that go unchecked will not only create a toxic environment, but they will also damage pool liners, pumps, hoses, and lines. Let’s answer the question, are you toxic? When is the last time you checked your spiritual chemistry?
Calcium- This level determines the hardness of the water
- Are you so hard spiritually that nothing can soften you heart?
Chlorine- Is a disinfectant, too much and it will be dangerous
-Have you created the perfect outward image for everyone to believe in you but, inside you are deadly?
Alkalinity- A waters capacity to resist change
-Can anything change you? One minute you're ready to serve God with your whole heart and the next you're willing to throw in the towel?
Identifying a Toxic Person
There is nothing worse than being around a toxic person. They play the victim card. Ninety-nine percent of the time they are talking they are the center of the conversation or involved in a negative monologue concerning somebody that isn’t around to defend themselves. We can all point out toxic people in our lives. While you read this devotion your heart thumps when that toxic individual runs across your mind. You worry about how they will behave, what they will say, and how they will react. Are you that person? One of the greatest attributes about David in the Bible was, having the ability take self-inventory or in this scenario check his spiritual chemistry.
We have a written account of where he checked the chemistry of his heart in Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”
David wasn’t satisfied with looking good. The man after God’s own heart wanted to make sure that his spiritual chemistry was perfectly balanced. Are you balanced?
- Andrew Bellah