White-Out

This is hilarious.  Whoever devised and created this photo is a genius.  My applause to you.

Not so hilarious is how aptly the photo personifies me.  (ouch!)  After rolling-on-the-floor-laughing (Possum’s favorite toy) and after regaining my composure enough to focus seriously on the photo, I realized I’m just like her.  Only then… well, it’s not so funny.

Join me through a day in my life and I think you’ll agree.

6:00 AM ~ Alarm clock goes off.  I stumble from our bed, make my way around to the door of the bathroom in the dark so as not to wake my wife.  Misjudging my footing, I stub my toe on the door casing and… well, you know.  My wife groggily moans, “everything okay?”  [White-Out Moment] = “Yes, dear; just getting ready for work.  Good morning!”

6:40AM ~ Making good time on US1 this morning while listening to a little Third Day and praising the Lord.  Another driver darts in front of me, causing me to momentarily have to touch my brakes.  Blood vessels swell in my forehead, and road rage is on the horizon.  Pulling up beside this car at the next red light; have I got some words for him!  [White-Out Moment]  = Look at the driver and smile.

7:45AM ~ Loaded truck pulls into shop needing a part that the driver knew he needed before loading the truck.  Now it’s a crisis.  I get on the phone and make demands of our suppliers that a hundred others customers are already making, and send the runner after the parts.  As the parts runner is pulling back into our parking lot, the mechanic says, “oh yeah, we also need…”  [White-Out Moment] = “Absolutely, let me call our supplier.”

10:12AM ~ My boss calls.  “Why has spending on tires gone up?”  “We’re running fewer miles, there’s no reason for this!”  [White-Out Moment] = “I’m not sure, sir, but give me thirty minutes and I’ll have a report on your desk.”

10:13AM ~ “Why isn’t the report on my desk!?”  [White-Out Moment] = “I’m sorry, sir, it’s on the way.”

11:30AM ~ Lunch, finally!  “I’ll have a hamburger and fries… no onions… no onions.” Open hamburger wrapper to find a gazillion onions.  (this comment intentionally left blank) [White-Out Moment]  = Scraping onions off burger.

2:30PM ~ Wife calls.  “Could you please stop and…”  Doesn’t this woman have a clue what my life consists of? (grouchy thoughts) [White-Out Moment] = Yes dear, I’d be glad to.

4:00 PM ~ Day over; praise God!  Riding home… Same car pulls out in front of mine… [White-Out Moment]

And as the day comes to a close, I’m pretty impressed with myself. I’ve mastered the use of White-Out.  Only one problem; I didn’t impress God even a little.  Why?  Because the White-Out is just my means of covering something. It’s my means of covering the attitude of my heart.  And while I might fool myself, and even others, what is behind the White-Out still remains.  And God is not fooled.  He sees my heart.

It’s why we need a Savior.  Not just at the moment of salvation, but always. Paul questioned the believers at Galatia, “Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh (3:3)?”  John saw our attitudes of whitewashing our lives as so futile that he labeled those who do so as blatant liars (1 John 1:8).  But he wrote of an alternative…

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1: 9

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About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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6 Responses to White-Out

  1. housesitters says:

    Excellent article. I could really identify. From now on I will need to watch out for ‘white-out moments’
    Thank you
    Ray

    http://www.Christian-housesitters.com

  2. evanlaar1922 says:

    Very good, I was going along with you all the way – wipe out! Great job – love when my relationship with God goes up a notch when the lights come on because of a word from another follower of Christ – blessings.

  3. bickleyhouse says:

    Good post. The honesty is refreshing in this day and age. I have many moments where I forget the white-out. The heart is where it’s at. It’s my firm conviction that it doesn’t matter what you say, it’s the heart behind the words, so if you say “shoot” when you stub your toe, it’s just as bad as…well, you know…

  4. Bibleman says:

    Great post. I have had a few white outs in my day as well. My nasty smoking habit for one. While the blood of Jesus covers (white outs) the sin, the habit is still there. You are truly an inspiration to newbies like me. Thanks for a great post.

  5. lambskinny says:

    I have so many ‘white-out’ moments and some moments that are just crassly crossed-out or smudged away. Yes, that’s exactly why I need the Savior, Jesus Christ. Without His sacrifice, I’d be stuck in my sin, doomed and miserable. Thanks for your post. God bless.

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