One afternoon when I was a student at the university in my city, there was a fire in the downtown. A new hotel was being built. The tar that was being used for the roof top caught on fire. It was quite the spectacle as smoke billowed out from the fire spreading over the downtown area.
I stood outside the place where I worked part-time watching the fire. A woman was standing near me. She was smoking a cigarette. As the smoke from the fire overtook the downtown sky, she got concerned. She said, “I am going back inside. I don’t want to breathe in that toxic smoke.” She threw her cigarette on the sidewalk and went back into her building.
The other people near us and I looked at each other. We started to laugh a little. It was funny to us that she was more concerned about the toxic smoke from the fire than she was from the toxic smoke she inhaled from the cigarette.
In a way, we can tend to be like her when we are more concerned about what is happening around us affecting us than what we do to ourselves. How others live their lives does not affect me nearly as much as the things I do in my own life.
I need to look at what I do in my own life such as what I take into my spirit and soul. Do I renew my mind with the things of Jesus such as reading the bible, reading good books about my faith, and listening to worship music?
By the way, I also went back into the building where I worked that day. I didn’t want to breathe in the smoke either. But I am grateful for the object lesson that woman gave me. It has stuck with me over the years.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.