“Fountains and Drains”

Read: Philippians 2:1-11

On the way back from Kansas this week I saw a church sign that read, “Be a fountain, don’t be a drain.” It reminded me of this passage in Philippians 2 where Paul encourages the church in Philippi to be encouragers instead of discouragers.

Those words are meant for us as well, that is why they are in our Bibles today. Our unity with Christ should inspire us to be fountains of joy and encouragement for each other instead of draining that joy and encouragement out of each other.

Paul says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition.” It seems so often that this is the reason for the draining of joy that takes place around us. We get focused on our own needs and our own problems and we want others to know about them. Sometimes we can take a persons fountain of joy and turn it into that drain that heads to the sewer.

We are probably all guilty of this from time to time. We will not always have joyful days one after another. But we can rejoice in the truth that “The joy of the Lord is our strength.” And we can try to make that our focus instead of being known as the drain of all that is good.

I have always loved fountains. Whether at a putt putt golf course, in someones garden or backyard, or in the outfield of the Kansas City Royals baseball field. Fountains give us a feeling of refreshment and renewal. Paul is encouraging us to be that for others and in verses 6-11 he gives us a great example in Jesus Christ.

Let’s be fountains for ourselves and others this week and as verse 5 says, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Remember, be a fountain, don’t be a drain!

Make it personal: Many people communicate via social networking these days (Text, Facebook, Twitter). Remember this fountain and drain idea when you use those ways of connecting with people as well. How do you want people to remember you? As a fountain or a drain?

Have a week with overflowing joy,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church