Pr. 5:2: “That you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge.”
Canning is a beautiful art. You can take fruit, vegetables, meat, and herbs in the height of their freshness and preserve the taste and beauty they hold. You can eat delicious tomatoes in the middle of winter that are almost as lovely as those that were harvested fully ripe. Grapes can be plucked right off the vine and turned into delicious jelly you can use any time the craving arises. Fresh fish can be canned and stored to feed a family all winter when fishing is an impossibility.
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is.
The catch is this: you cannot just throw some tomatoes in a jar, put them on a shelf, and expect them to remain preserved. Bacteria can quickly grow in a jar of unsealed food, leaving the food dangerous and deadly. Canning is a labor-intensive process that requires preparation, diligence, knowledge, and commitment.
So, it is with discretion. We cannot just expect to preserve that within ourselves when surrounded by indiscretions. We must diligently and knowledgeably commit ourselves to guarding discretion in our lives. We cannot neglect the seeds of indiscretion that try to multiply in our lives through temptations, tv and movies, media, books, music, etc.
That is not to say that we cannot enjoy our lives, but keeping knowledge on our lips requires alertness and carefulness. Sometimes it can be laborious. Sometimes we may feel like we’re missing out on something. It is a labor; however, that is worth the trouble.
If we want juicy fruits of the Spirit to drip from our lips, if we want to be filled with the tastes of wisdom and knowledge, if we want to enjoy fruit during the “off-season,” we must plan and pay attention to preserving those things. We must continue to check that our seals are not allowing bacteria to seep in and grow.
Enjoy the fruits,