"Take the lid off." This is an inner comment I say frequently. I want to be open and honest with myself and others. I want nothing hidden. If I feel I have to keep the lid on, I evidently have some things to deal with so I don't hurt anyone.
What I mean is, I want to be real. Know what I mean? I have many true blue friends who are open and honest with me. We have great talks. I know where I stand. I know where they stand. And there is acceptance. If there is disagreement, I accept the fact that "that's just where they're at" at this point, right or wrong. It's OK. Just differences, really.
I have good thoughts and bad thoughts. It is a constant battle. I make a lot of mistakes because of my honesty at times. Any good that comes from me is what God has put there. What God puts in me is life...overflowing life....eternal life. It overpowers the bad.
I want to tie in the teapot art above to the "lid" idea. A teapot is not easily filled with water if the lid is on. Once the steam has left, or the water has been poured out, it is empty, and needs to be refilled. I want to be filled with good thoughts. I want to be filled with God's spirit. I want to pour out good things that inspire others. I truly want to be who I am. I pop the lid off and refill every day. After I have simmered and steamed for a while, I will pop the lid off and refill!
A quote from Jesus:
"But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14