Monday, May 5, 2014

When You Need a Little Polishing

AAAHH - Monday!  If my house could talk on Monday it would scream "CLEAN ME"!!  Weekends are a time usually when family is home and cleaning ranks low on the priority list.  

This morning, I was at my sink at looked down...yuck!  Dingy, stained and ugly!  We recently moved after 25 years and although I never thought much about the subject of 'sinks', it now demands attention. My old sink was stainless steel - durable, low maintenance and forgiving.  My new sink is white and porcelain.  It is absolutely beautiful!  I fell in love with it immediately.  Then after a few weeks, realized that its beauty must be mainlined.  I did my best by wiping, scrubbing and even bleaching it.  A dull gray color emerged and no amount of cleaning would rid it.  I thought it was ruined!  Doing some online research, I found the secret - Bar Keepers Friend.  This product is a powdered cleaning has been produced since 1882.  Unlike similar abrasive cleaning products, Bar Keepers Friend uses oxalic acid as its active ingredient. 

Sprinkling the powder on and rubbing - no harsh scrubbing needed, the ugly gray stain was transformed into the bright, brilliant white once again!!!   The oxalic acid worked to eat away the stain and polish the porcelain to release a beautiful shine while putting a protective barrier on it.  

Sometimes, in my Christian walk, I feel like I have a dull, gray stain on my life.  Although I am a forgiven Christian, sin still pops up in my life.  Christians battle the 'old nature of sin' and will until Jesus comes back,  we're not perfect yet!  Some of the remedies I on my own apply to my life, don't bring about the sparkle of purity.  Wiping up my attitudes, scrubbing or determining to do better on my own, doesn't work.  It is only when I acknowledge my sin, failures and weakness to God that He scrubs me clean to the core!  Like that oxalic acid, he breaks through the dulling effect of sin and reveals the shine that He created for me. (Ephesians 3:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.)  He polishes me to reflect Him and His glory and protects me by placing the Holy Spirit in my heart to guide and lead me.  

If your spiritual life feels like your home's "Monday", what a blessing to know we can run to our Lord for that thorough scrubbing that brings out His shine in our life!

I'm linking up today with Moms the Word as we encourage one another to "Make Our Home Sing".

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