Have you ever watched an icicle form? Did you notice how the dripping water froze, one drop at a time, until the icicle was a foot long, or more?
If the water was clean, the icicle remained clear and sparkled brightly in the sun; but if the water was slightly muddy, the icicle looked cloudy, its beauty spoiled.
In just this manner our character is formed. Each thought or feeling adds influence. Each decision we make–about matters both great and small–contributes. Every bit that we take into our minds and souls–be they impressions, experiences, visual images or words of others–help create our character.
We must remain concerned at all times about the ‘droplets’ that we allow to drip through our lives. Acts that develop habits of love, truth and goodness silently mold and fashion us into the image of God–just as habits born from hate, falsehood and evil intent mar and eventually destroy us.