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汚れ Dirt






Today, while playing my trumpet, I oiled the piston in order to be able to play the scales more smoothly.

If I don`t do that, the piston will suddenly stick and it will become impossible to play a tune.

When I oiled it, I was shocked to see that the three hollows in the piston were very dirty. I thought I had cleaned it a month ago but decided to clean all the pieces.

It doesn`t feel good playing a dirty instrument and also, since a lot of the dirt is mould it is not healthy.





In the same way, there can be a build-up of unclean elements in our lives. It is not good for our mental health to allow bad thoughts such as lust, greed, envy and hatred to accumulate. These thoughts have the potential to spoil one`s mind and lead to a person`s downfall.

We need to know what is in our minds and if we discover bad thoughts there let`s get rid of them and replace them with good thoughts.

「内側から、すなわち、人の心から出て来るものは、悪い考え、不品行、盗み、殺人、姦淫、貪欲、よこしま、欺き、好色、ねたみ、そしり、高ぶり、愚かさであり、これらの悪はみな、内側から出て、人を汚すのです。」マルコ 7:21-23

For it is from within, out of a person's heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person. Mark 7:21-23

奥平 Okudaira

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