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Bucket Theory

45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. (Luke 6:45, NLT)

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The cold water feed does not work on our washer. We have had repairmen look it. My husband has torn it apart, replaced parts, and it still doesn’t work.

We wash our clothes in cold water, so we fill the buckets up in the kitchen and carry them around the corner to the laundry room.


See that lip or ridge around the bucket? I have learned to only fill it up that far–otherwise on the walk to the washer…it’s spill city. The water starts to slosh and even if I slow down, I will make a mess.

Today wasn’t too “sloshy.” I felt pretty good as I turned the corner–only to run smack-crash right into my grandson. Water everywhere.

I deposited what was left in the washer, dried us off, and mopped the floor. Instead of grousing, I began to giggle. I explained to my grandson. who thought I may be losing it, the story of Jesus describing how either good or evil will spring from our hearts when we “bump” into people–just like the water from the bucket.

As he returned to playing, my grandson announced he wanted to spill out love. Pretty good thinking for a nine year old.

What will spill out of your heart today? Remember “GIGO”? Garbage in–garbage out. If we expect to spill love, we need to be sure we’re putting love in–God’s love.

PRAYER: God, you fill our hearts with so much love…fill us again, today.

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