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Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)
TITLE: Wash, Rinse and Repeat
By Linda Gage
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I had read that bottle tons of times and one day I asked my brother why would such a stupid thing be on it. He said it was so you would use more shampoo and have to buy more. He was a little cynical and a lot right. Because, for me it really was wash, rinse and repeat at least two or three times. I was trying very hard to make myself pretty enough to be accepted. But no matter how many times I repeated, it never worked.
I look back on those days and think, “What a foolish girl I was.”
I have since found Jesus and accepted Him as my Savior. He gives me a new perspective on my life.
Then I go to my daily routine. I wake up on the morning and tell myself, “Today will be the day. Today I won’t get angry. I will be truthful, nice and pleasant to everyone. I won’t steal anything. I will do everything perfectly right. God will notice and love me.
But, I mess up. I argue with my husband before leaving for work. I talk about my boss behind his back. I play games on my work computer and lie about it. I can’t even mention the thoughts that I have about my co-workers. My mind drifts to all the terrible things that I have ever done in my whole life. I am such a failure. I am never going to be good enough to be loved.
I pray and think, “What a foolish woman I am!”
I know that God sent His only Son to live the life that I could not live. He is the only perfect One. I know that Jesus’ blood was shed on that cross for my sins. He paid the debt that I couldn’t pay. I know that He rose again to life. He provided the Way, so that someday I can live perfectly in eternity with God.
I can never make myself good enough. If I could, I would have not needed a savior.
I look back and I wish I could tell that 15 year old girl about Jesus and how He saved her precious life. I wish I could tell her to not live to impress others, but to live in thankfulness to God who sent Jesus. I’d give her a BIG hug and say wash, rinse and repeat is not the important thing in life, but to wash in the blood of Christ, remember that He loves you so much that He saved you and repeat until that day you meet Him. In doing this, He will change you from the inside, making you a new creation, more beautiful than you can imagine. God the Father’s love is infinitely better than any high school boy can give.
I can’t go back and tell her. It’s my past. I can’t change it. But from this day forward, as part of my daily routine, instead of trying to live a perfect life and trying to earn something that is already there, I can acknowledge that the God of the universe loves me. He is faithful to change me from the inside. With a thankful heart there will be less anger, less criticism, more love and faithfulness to Him who saved me. I will wash, remember and repeat. With Jesus it will be never-ending.
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