My Toilet Has Been Talking

Who knew a toilet could talk?

I am blessed to own a home with more than one bathroom. That means that I have bathrooms with toilets that need parts replacing, sometimes the entire toilet gone when the cost is weighed out. In exploring the variety of toilets, I discovered a convenient feature that exists.

Full disclosure here, I have no idea what brand of toilet I own. Per the fine folks at Google, I can describe what has caused such excitement by giving the example of what Kohler offers. Innovative features include technology that prevents lids from slamming and seats that remove easily for cleaning. The Cachet Quiet-Close toilet seat with Quick-Release functionality is engineered to close with the slightest touch, reducing unwanted noise often associated with lid slamming.

My bathrooms are next to each other, but one has a loud lid that slams onto the seat at the slightest tip. The second toilet takes a bit more of a push, a pause as you watch it gently glide down as it seems to whisper ‘I will be finished in a few moments’, said with a bit of a British accent perhaps.

The Quiet-Close toilet seat drove me crazy at first. HURRY UP ALREADY!

I have written sparingly in this blog for a good reason. There has been a great deal of external noise in my life. Lies, false accusations, verbal assaults and conflict galore on behalf of someone who thrives to talk a little, chat a little, peep peep peep as they say. Attempts to drive wedges between my family and me, friends, anywhere they can cause conflict. The interesting thing is, the noisier they got the quieter I got.

The ‘Aha’ moment came one day as I walked away from my Quiet-Close toilet. Patience, be still. The Apostle James said it well: Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;  for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. – James 1:19-20

I am thankful for the example of the toilet seat that reminds me to slow down. Slow down my thoughts, slow down my words, slow down my actions that would lead to anger. Internal anger or strife between me and others. The opposite reaction is at the beginning of the verse, just like the second toilet lid. Let me be quick: quick to hear, quick to believe others, quick to love in the way that Jesus loves me. What does that look like? That question is for another blog, in fact the entire New Testament. For now, here is a great link for a few concise examples.

One can accomplish many good, ye great things with their life. If I have not lived a life that produces the righteousness of God, I have accomplished nothing of eternal value.

What are some steps you take to slow yourself down when tempted to act or speak hastily out of anger?

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4 thoughts on “My Toilet Has Been Talking

  1. writerwannabe763 March 3, 2019 at 9:30 pm Reply

    Holding anger in for me sometimes is difficult. I have done so at times, by just not reacting, not saying anything in retaliation… waiting to get by myself to think things through. But I’m afraid at other times, depending on the reason or the person if I’m being accused unjustly, I react by defending myself. It’s only afterwards I realize by doing so, I lend more credence to the accusations….. Diane

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  2. Overwhelmed By Joy March 3, 2019 at 9:46 pm Reply

    Diane, you cannot imagine how difficult it was at times to turn away from the situation and not respond. I wanted to write about my situation here, at far greater length than I have alluded to. I wanted to speak publicly on social media and basically to anyone whose sympathy I thought I could garner. It was baby steps of a three- year long legal battle. What if I trust God for this one win instead of taking control? The most amazing thing began to happen. Unbelievable efforts to cause chaos, financial ruin and misery were met with eventual benefit for me every single time I trusted God instead of taking things back into my own hands. It was not easy at all!! When the toilet lid was changed out a beautiful word picture was spoken to me that I’ve attempted to share here. While some chose to speak quickly and rapidly, the results may have been immediate but they did not edify the Lord and relationships were greatly tested. When words slowed down and more listening took place for the purpose of understanding and building each other up, the Lord was glorified, healing took place and God moved mountains for me that I never could have on my own. It’s a daily process and I surely have a lot of work left to go. Praise God for His grace and mercy. Blessings my friend.

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  3. writerwannabe763 March 3, 2019 at 10:37 pm Reply

    With a recent and still ongoing situation in my life, harsh words spoken, lack of being able to communicate has cause such a mishmash of issues; I refer to it as scrambled eggs. No one can unscramble eggs except for God. I am hoping and praying He will do so…. Diane

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy March 4, 2019 at 5:37 am Reply

      I hope so as well, Diane. I am very sorry for your situation. I do know God is able. I will pray for you.

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