We are updating our printer at SSCB. A modern and more functional printer/copier is arriving to the office today. This will provide a better facility for all our printing and copying needs. It will be able to collate, bind publications, and it has many more features, adjusting the texts and images, their colour or size, but essentially they will be the same that were input in the machine.
In our life we also do this kind of printing and/or copying. Images, ideas are put into our hearts, and minds, and we might edit them, resize them, colour them in our own particular way but the essence of the original image will be still the same. It all depends what do we feed into our lives! Is it Christlikeness, godliness, or wordiness? The apostle Paul wrote: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9).
New printer or old, it will print out the image we feed into it. We will “print out” in our lives, actions, and words what we fed into our hearts. Let them be true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable.