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Keith Wommack: Why A Dirty Old Wicker Basket Can Clean Up your Mind

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A friend, Keith Wommack, tells a delightful story that illustrates the point: A man was living on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning, he was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his worn-out Bible. His grandson wanted to be just like his grandfather and tried to imitate him in every single way. One day, the grandson asked, “I try to read the Bible just like you, but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?

”The grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, yet all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him to try again.This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and that he would use a bucket instead. The man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough.” Then the man went out the front door to watch the boy try again.
The boy, now, knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would still leak out. So, the boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.Out of breath, he said, “See, it’s useless!” The man said, “Look at the basket.”The boy looked at the basket and, for the first time, he realized that the basket looked different.
Instead of a dirty, old, wicker coal basket, it was clean.The man said, “That’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.”He continued, “Take time to read a portion of God’s Word each day; it will change you even if you don’t think you are retaining a word.”
– by Stormy Becker Falso
Read the Bible. Read inspiration. Read about the Truth. Fill your heart and mind with goodness  and purity and we are washed of any resentment, distrust.  We are renewed in hope and joy.   Keep reading and happy cleaning!!

Love, Pamela


Keith Wommack is a Christian Science expert that specializes in spiritual healing. Wommack started his career by giving lectures around the United States inspiring listeners to focus on their own health and faith and the connection between these things. He is now a syndicated columnists whose work can be found in the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, and the Hawaii Reporter. When he isn\’t spending time with his family, he encourages other to live a life of love, health, and spirituality.


Stormy Becker Falso is also a teacher and practitioner of Christian Science. A mother of two, Stormy lives in Atlanta Georgia with her husband where she has found her way to Christian Science through many different life experiences– from teaching in her children\’s schools to working as a news reporter. She now leads a life of love, thriving in the connection between health and spirituality.