Day 10: Germ warfare

I haven’t been feeling the greatest the last couple of days. I have this head cold that won’t relent and now it is affecting me with some throat issues. My nose is dripping and I also have developed a bit of a cough. And to top it off, I keep fighting a headache.

I recognized tonight that I have been infected with something. We usually call that something “germs.”  But what are germs? So, I went to the most basic description in kid’s health website and discovered the following:

Some kids may think that germs are bugs or cooties or other gross stuff. Actually, germs are tiny organisms, or living things, that can cause disease. Germs are so small and sneaky that they creep into our bodies without being noticed. In fact, germs are so tiny that you need to use a microscope to see them. When they get in our bodies, we don’t know what hit us until we have symptoms that say we’ve been attacked!

So, I guess these germs are attacking my body and causing havoc with my ability to function normally. And, I guess if I cough on others or otherwise expose them to my snot or saliva, I can pass it on.

Then, those sneaky germs can sneak over to the other person. Can I actually get rid of them that way?  That might be cool!  But no, they have the ability to stay with me and also infect the other person.

I think sin is a lot like this description of germs. It can sneak into our lives at times without us hardly noticing. It often gets its entry point from seemingly small stuff like crummy attitudes or careless actions.

I am told that if we simply wash our hands more thoroughly we can avoid a great deal of infection. If we “wash” our spiritual hands or in others words, allow God to search our hearts each day, we can avoid letting sin get a foothold or even a toehold in our lives.

And, we often can infect others with our stuff!  So, what do we do about it?  Get the right medicine. We have to do whatever it takes to purify our spirits and then stay healthy with preventative care!  We have to keep our minds on the right stuff that enhances positive attitudes and actions.

During these 28 days, I am learning to address some stuff that can be like a little germ that infects my spirit. It can start innocently like the other day when I got ticked at the guy who came over into the lane I was moving into and he honked at me! How dare he? That is a little germ sneaking in.

Stay alert!  And yeah, it wouldn’t hurt to wash your hands!

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