I had to escape. They were dropping sticky garbage on everyone in the room. We all just sat there. Some looked uncomfortable, but said nothing. Some seemed curious. Others leaned forward in their chairs and opened their ears and eyes to receive more.
”I am not a public garbage can.” I thought.” I do not have the controls on the television, nor do I have the right to control what they chose. But I do have the right to determine what goes into my mind and spirit.”
Doctor’s offices! Nail salons! Almost every public place I visited that week had a television blasting with sounds and pictures. Whatever happened to silence?
This TV program was over the top. There was no other place to wait while they repaired my car so I decided to go outside and walk. I walked past a NO SMOKING sign, and mumbled. Too bad you don’t have a NO GARBAGE sign.
The sunshine and the gentle wind provided a cleansing atmosphere as I walked and fumed. “Lord, cleanse me from the images and words I just heard.” I still didn’t feel at peace. Then I realized I had to forgive them. “Okay Lord, I forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” My anger subsided. A bird chirped and seemed to tell me I had made a good decision.
Scripture: “Here is a last piece of advice. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on the things which are holy and right and pure and beautiful and good.” Philippians 4:8 (J.B. Phillips)