Recently, we’ve been un-winterizing (straight out of my personal McKee dictionary) our pool now that the weather has warmed up. After removing the cover and beginning to diagnose the water, we realized it was going to need some attention; which we were anticipating. As simple as that sounds though, I began noticing some interesting parallels with life. So here goes.
#1 GET A GOOD LOOK?
This is the ASSESSMENT PHASE. Every time we take a water sample from our pool to the local pool supply company to test for us, they always ask what the water looks like. They ask things like, “Is the water green?” or, “How murky is the water?” This is also the first thing you notice when you see the pool. The decisions we’ve made, or failed to make, in the previous months have led to its condition.
Isn’t life much of the same? Decisions we make, or fail to make, clouds not only our thinking but our lives in general. Is your life murky, clouded, or even stale? Stand back, get alone, and take a fresh look at the condition of things. If you could imagine yourself looking from the outside in, what would be your first impression of your life. Be brutally honest with yourself!
Isaiah the prophet found himself in such a situation after seeing himself in the light of God’s countenance.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. – Isaiah 6:5 (KJV 1900)
#2 GET OUTSIDE HELP.
This is the ASSISTANCE PHASE. I have tested our pool water myself and treated it accordingly. Yet, there are many times that things are beyond my understanding and experience. So what do we do? Seek assistance. The professionals at the pool supply have more knowledge and experience than I even care to acquire about this subject. They take my water sample and run it through all sorts of chemical tests. No guess-work here. The answers are definitive and the numbers do not lie. This is what it needs and what it does not need.
I find that I’m not moral, wise, or experienced enough to deal with all of life’s conditions alone. WE ALL NEED HELP!
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
From whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord,
Which made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2 (KJV 1900)
#3 GET BUSY!
This is the ASSERTIVE PHASE. Now it’s time to demand a change! Here are some actions steps:
REMOVE UNWANTED ITEMS – In a pool it can be leaves, bugs, etc.
ADD NECESSARY CHEMICALS TO REPAIR CONDITION – This restores health back to the water.
FILTER AND CIRCULATE REGULARLY – This helps to keep things clean and in order.
Wow, what a parallel for life! (1) What in your life needs to be removed? A habit, relationship, hobby, etc? (2) What needs to be added to bring your overall health up to speed? (3) What filters need to be in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again?
1. ASSESSMENT – GET A GOOD LOOK
2. ASSISTANCE – GET OUTSIDE HELP
3. ASSERTIVE – GET BUSY
REMOVING THE UNWANTED
ADDING WHAT’S NECESSARY
FILTERING THE UNNECESSARY
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:
According unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions:
And my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in thy sight:
That thou mightest be justified when thou speakest,
And be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
And in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:
And in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness;
That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins,
And blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God;
And renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence;
And take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;
And uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways;
And sinners shall be converted unto thee. – Psalm 51:1–13 (KJV 1900)
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