Rev. McNealy preached the
message ‘Do You Want to be Happy?” Some of the statements from his message that were significant:
1. You will never change anything in your life that you tolerate. (if I can just change _____ then I will be happy.)
2. Center your life around good things. Your life is like a sponge. You only soak up what surrounds you. Pressures will come. Pressures upon your life will squeeze out what you have soaked up.
3. It is better to resolve marriage difficulties than to dissolve marriage vows.
4. Oops! I married the wrong one (person) instead of trying to be The One (for the other person).
This message left me with an image. Two bowls of water. One dirty and the other clean. Two sponges. Two lives. One lives clean and the other lives in sin. Life happens to both sponges; sickness, loss of jobs, loss of friends, unfair treatment, car breaks down….life looks bleak…both sponges are wrung dry. The comfort and peace the clean sponge felt kept him standing until he could dip back into that clean water and restore his spirit. The dirty sponge had no relief and all he could do was complain. The situation went from bad to horrible as he was plunged back into the dirty water.
I put my sponges through the dishwasher to sterilize and clean them. The power of repentance and the tears of joy are wonderful cleansers! Put your sponges in a Holy Ghost dishwasher and feel clean again.