Friday, April 27, 2007

Reoccuring Stains

When we moved in our house as newlyweds, we didn't think about the future too much when it related to carpet color. We picked out a beautiful shade of "oyster" for our carpet and it was regal. Resolve Carpet Cleaner quickly became my friend. When I saw a spot, I immediately cleaned it. When we had visitors, our white carpet was the first thing they commented on when they walked in the door. Fast forward 11 years and 2 children later.

I've done my best at keeping it clean since, but between spit ups, apple juice spills and babysitter mishaps, it just hasn't been the same. So I had it steamed a couple of weeks ago. When I walked in and saw my carpet back to its original state, I was thrilled (there is nothing I enjoy more than a clean house). But when I saw the invoice left behind, there was a note at the bottom--"Some stains may reappear when carpet is dry". Later that night, some of the spots I thought were gone were back indeed.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." That means the old conditions of your life are gone and there are new conditions. Everything has become new. It is good news that all things are made new, but it is also good news that old things are passed away. In Christ old things are passed away. Another translation says "dead and gone." It doesn't mean that you were not abused, you did not have a problem with drinking or you were not divorced. People go through all those things, but your identification with Christ is stronger than that.

My carpet stains may reappear but if I am in Christ my past sins, blemishes and faults no longer come back to haunt me.


glenn said...

Yes, thats so true. The blood of Jesus, now that's the all time champion of stain removers. Barbie, I look forward to reading your latest post every morning when I get home from work. It is a good way to put a cap on my night. Keep 'em coming, God bless!

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

aren't we glad that we can be made new!?! what an incredible gift that He has given us!

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

i'm glad i ran into you at marble slab. you have such a precious family!!! but now i don't feel so much like a "blog stalker" since i at least introduced myself to you! although we do watch you, joanna, eric, and paul almost exclusively (joanna is in our sunday school class). thank you for the example that you set. others can see the Lord in you!