Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

05/16/2018

Adam Faughn

 

Fountain or Drain?

 

  I recently heard a man use an interesting expression; one of those “old sayings.” The man, who was a coach, was talking about how some people are fountains and how others are drains. And that he encouraged his team and others to be fountains, not drains.

 

  According to him people who are “fountains” bring beauty, life, and freshness to others; to relationships; to the workplaces; etc. On the other hand, those who are “drains” can literally “suck the life out of” these same things.

 

  As I thought about what he said, I was reminded of a statement I displayed in an office I once used. Its message was: "Everybody brings joy to this office. Some when they enter; others when they leave."

 

  I am certain that you have seen both types of individuals. You know who the “fountains” are in your life. As soon as you hear the names and/or think of these people, you smile. Your mind is flooded with memories of enjoyable times spent with them. These are the people who really know you; who truly care about you; who have constantly and consistently been there for you. It's not all about fun and excitement. The reason you smile when you hear these names may be because these people sat and cried with you when that was just what you needed at the time. 

 

  Unfortunately, most of us can also recall names of the “drains” in our lives. These people you would just as soon avoid contacting in any way. You dread seeing certain names on your caller ID. You know you are in for a long session of listening to them being judgmental, gossiping, complaining, etc. When we see certain people heading our direction, yes, even at church, our mood doesn't improve. You know that what you are about to experience is summed up fairly well in the old song that we heard years ago on “Hee Haw:” "Gloom, despair, and agony on me. Deep, dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me.”

 

  We laughed when we heard that song then. We find it difficult to even smile when we think of the “drains” in our lives.

 

  I see the same face multiple times a day. I see it when I shave, comb my hair, brush my teeth, etc. I wonder if I’m looking at a fountain or a drain.

 

  More specifically, I wonder how those around me see me. Do I make their lives better or do thoughts of, and interactions with, me make them bitter?

 

  How about you?... Do you try to be a fountain or a drain?

 

  As I think of the answers to those questions, I also think about what the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write to an entire church: "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you" (Philippians 1.3).

 

—Adam Faughn

    Submittedby Harold Akridge