Put Some Water On It!

toilet-waterLESSONS I LEARNED IN PRISON #2 “PUT SOME WATER ON IT” 

A commonly used phrase in prison is “Put Some Water On It.”  Okay here is the short and skinny of what “Put Some Water On It” really means.  When an individual is using the bathroom; specifically the Number 2 other inmates will yell or politely say “Put Some Water On It.” 

Generally inmates share a toilet in a small 8×10 cell, or the bathroom is located in a common area and “Putting Some Water On It” refers to flushing the toilet during a bile movement.  Not only flushing but specifically flushing after each plop.  I know that’s (TMI) too much information; however I want you to get the picture.  Putting some water on it will ensure that the number 2 doesn’t stink up the rest of the area; in other words inmates don’t want to smell others’ stinky poop if they can avoid it. 

Many times we have to smell others stinky poop: Bitterness, Jealousy, Gossiping, Envy, Addictions, Pride, Insecurities, Anger, Lying… and just want to yell or politely say “Put Some Water On It!”  In other words people get sick of always having to deal with others stinky poop; especially when all they have to do is flush.  Stop gossiping, stop lying, confess your addictions, humble yourself, get some accountability for your porn problem, get over your insecurities, stop wanting what other people have, get control of your debt… and “Put Some Water On It.”

I am all about helping people with their problem areas; because we all have them.  Sometimes people (me, you, and others) need to just “Put Some Water On It,” flush the stinky poop and stop letting it just sit in the toilet. 

Do you find yourself facing people and their situations and want to say “Put Some Water On It.”   Are there areas of your life in which you need to “Put Some Water On It?”  Honestly, do you just get sick and tired of stinky poop lingering in the toilet? 

  • I saw your tweet and hopped over to read. I have heard this expression but love your analogy. Definitely words of wisdom which we all can use. Thank you so much for writing and sharing this inspired post.

  • that had to be one of the more unique posts I have read in a good long while… interesting analogy, but it really made the point, thanks for the good words.

  • I don’t know whether to laugh or gag! Very good illustration though. I’m going to have to go think about it in the, you know, “library”.

  • Great thoughts Scott. I see a lot of people that need to “put some water on it” but more than that I am sure I need several gallons put on my stuff too.

  • Scott,

    Here are a few of my thoughts. First, although some may be offended by the aroma of your analogy, I will add to your steaming pile.

    Sin is a stench. It is a stench to our friends, family, & neighbors. Most importantly, it is a stench in God’s nostrils. I know because He said so. It’s among His revelation to us. He will not have poop scattered about in his dwelling. Moreover, he will not have so much as a trace on the bottom of our shoes in His dwelling. It will be flushed or incinerated (I’m reminded of the latrine cleaning scene in the gratuitous movie “Jarhead”).

    Unfortunately, sin isn’t so easily flushed. You just can’t “Put some water in it” and all is good. If it were that easy, then the non-Christian world would have remedied this long ago. Recognizing the unpleasantness of poop isn’t unique to Christianity.

    The most insidious phenomenon of sin, like the fragrance of poop, is when it’s our own, we get used to it & it no longer offends us although initially we know it’s there.

    Those not saved, attempt to walk into God’s dwelling knowing they pooped, stepped in it, and slept in it. They know they smell of it because their friends & family remind them. Moreover, they spend their doing deeds trying to scrape it from their shoes. Their hope is, they can wonder into a Holy God’s dwelling with poop residue on their shoes & either He won’t notice or if He does, He will act as if it were never there.

    Anyone believing “water” will suffice is deceived.

  • Q: What Does the Gospel Save Us From?

    A: His wrath directed towards those who poop

    See “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubONkZwT9Mc”

  • Wow, I learned something today. I’ve never heard of this phrase. I loved how you compared it to life. I know a number of people who need to put some water on it. Heck, sometimes I need to do the same thing. Thanks for the insight!

  • Scott Williams

    Great Commentnts!
    Charley- Thanks for your comment… if you put the right water on it… it will work, you will be thirsty for the right stuff: John 4:13-15

    12 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

  • Scott,

    I am pleased to see the use of scripture here.

    I am often accused of being a contrarian but that truly is not the case here. I am going get things theologically correct for the sake of the onlookers whom our Father may be drawing.

    We know it is “impossible for the blood of bulls & goats to take away sin” and can not make clear a bad conscience. In like manner, neither can water wash away our sin or satisfy our carvings (wants & desires).

    In Scripture, “thirst” is a metaphor for our insatiable carvings of the flesh which lead to sin & death. John often uses “water” as a metaphor for the Holy Spirit. As case in point, I confer to John 7:37-39

    “…Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

    Only the Holy Spirit can satisfy our wants & desires (thirst).

    I’m reminded of God’s departure from the presence of Adam & Eve. It required no more than a subtle advertising campaign “your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” to instill another want and desire in Eve “the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise”.

    As God’s departure from their presence left an unfulfilled want, so does His return fill & satisfy it.

    The above empowers the believer to walk in the Spirit thereby not gratifying our carnal desires. However, the only possible cleansing agent acceptable to God is blood, and that, from a perfect Lamb without spot or blemish.

    Only Jesus’ blood, his death, will satisfy God’s wrath and cleanse us of our sin.

    “…if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 esv

  • Out of curiosity I followed a link off this page.

    Yowza!!! as a friend of mine has said. I wasn’t expecting that.

    Since my God and Father’s wrath remains on those who have yet to repent, and since those who have “once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit”, and since we have been called to be “obedient children”, “not conforming to the passions of our former ignorance”, and since we have been called to be holy in all our conduct, for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy”, I felt I should clear my conscience by pointing out the following may be construed as unholy licentiousness.

    “There’s nothing wrong with having some good, passionate, ‘yeehaw’ sex. There is nothing wrong with being in touch with your sexuality. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with wanting to bump nasties.”

    After reading the above, I thought I should offer up these as reminders.

    “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” (1 Cor 3:16-17 ESV)

    “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 ESV)

  • Awesome post – not real keen on the visual – but great application to life!! I know in my life there are definitely times where I need to “put some water on it”!! Thanks, Scott!!

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