Color the Water

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

I just got done hand washing some clothes, among them some brand new LuLaRoe leggings!! (Thanks, honey.) I hand wash them in a bucket of cold water with free and clear detergent and gently squeeze the water out because they are so heavily dyed. Even so, some of the dye comes out in the water, and I have to swap it out for fresh water after every couple of items to make sure the dye doesn't transfer to other items of clothing.

Which made me think, "How do I color the water?" When I am hanging out with others, do I transfer icky dark gray dye (discouragement, tension, pride, insecurity, negativity), or do I transfer lovely deep purple dye (encouragement, peace, humility, other-centeredness, and positivity)?

How do you color the water in your interactions? We all rub off on people to some extent. Let's try, the next time we're on our way to work or church or some other gathering, to pray for the Holy Spirit to bring forth beautiful colors from our spirits as we interact with people. May we be colorful witnesses to the transforming work of Christ.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

Bonus Question: For the artistic and contemplative among you, what colors come to mind as you read the list of the fruits of the Spirit? Did you learn a certain edible fruit corresponding to a Spiritual fruit as a memory device in Sunday School? I would love to hear about it! :)

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


  1. Great illustration! AR the moment, here are colors Tha come to mind for me related to the fruits of the Spirit:
    Love- bright red
    joy- sunshine yellow
    peace-aqua blue
    patience - soft green kindness-purple for treating others like royalty
    goodness- burgandy
    faithfulness- orange
    gentleness - light pink self-control-navy