Dirty Laundry

May 15

How high is your laundry pile?  I could climb mine for exercise.  Have you ever noticed that you wash the same shirts and pants and underwear over and over and over?  My laundry multiplies like rabbits in the closet.  Toss one pink polo in the basket with a pair of khaki cargo capris.  Shut the door to the closet, and in a matter of minutes, you’ll find a dingy white tee shirt with a couple of wadded up socks added to the mix.  How does this happen?

It’s one of the great mysteries of life along with what happens to the other sock when it goes in the wash?  Two go in, one comes out.  It’s an enigma, I tell you!
You can NEVER get caught up on the wash.  If you completely wash every article of clothing in your house and get it put away again, you are guaranteed to have more dirty garments by nightfall.  Sigh.  It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel – to the washing machine, that is.  (Ha Ha! I crack myself up.) 
Now, let me make a spiritual application.  (I know you were all looking for it.)  The same way I can never get caught up with my laundry, I can never get caught up confessing my sins.  I confess the same sins today as I did yesterday.  You would think I’d be clean, but each new day brings new sins, and I must ask for forgiveness all over again.  Couldn’t I just confess on Sunday the sins I feel coming on for the rest of the week.  Lord, I know I’ll probably eat too much cheesecake at Uncle Buck’s party on Tuesday.  And if I see Sally out jogging again in those pants, I know I’m going to be jealous of her size 6 spandex.  Forgive me.
Nope.  Sorry, friends, that just won’t do.  I have to confess my sins daily, sometimes hourly.  I’m afraid the only way to rid yourself of the laundry problem is to go naked.  Y’all that just AIN’T an option for this ole’ girl.  And we’ll only stop sinning when we get to heaven.  So, for now I’ll just be content to do laundry with Jesus.  We’ll wash together.  He – my sins.  And me – the 100% cotton, dingy white Fruit of the Loom.  Then we’ll be whiter than snow.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Psalm 51:7 NIV

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  • Janet Roller May 15 at 12:38 pm

    This post made me smile. So relatable and true-to-life. It was a great reminder to not let your sins “pile up” between you and the Lord. Oh, and a silent prayer is acceptable…but feel free to “shout it out”!

  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) May 15 at 12:41 pm

    Girl, sometimes I feel like I’m confessing minute by minute!!!

    This is a great application and you know that this concept has special meaning to me!

    Love you!

  • SweetPea May 15 at 2:00 pm

    Came to your site via Valerie’s…I think…ugg…my memory!

    I love your analogy and application of our dirty laundry…not only that which is of cotton but that which is in our heart, mind, soul. Beautiful thoughts!

    Beautiful blog!
    In Him,

  • kmom3 May 15 at 2:56 pm

    This is so great, Carol! 🙂

    Laundry, laundry, and more laundry! But it is indeed a fact of life and I do need to deal with it! I have found ignoring it just is not the way to go! 🙂

    This is the second time I have heard someone talking about being “clean” before the Lord. Hmmm…perhaps He is letting me know I need to surrender some of my “dirty laundry” to Him for a good washing!

    Thanks, Carol!

  • Becoming Me May 15 at 2:57 pm

    You take such mundane topics and turn them into masterpeices. THank you!

  • Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years May 15 at 4:47 pm

    How do you *do* that? lol. 😉

  • Xandra May 15 at 5:59 pm

    This is so true! And when I let it go for any length of time, I feel as though I can’t confess it all and then just put it off even longer. It’s a terrible cycle, but once I break it, it feels so good to be washed clean again.


  • Cheri May 15 at 6:13 pm

    🙂 I found myself this morning doing just that. Confessing sin upon sin. Something I hadn’t bothered to do for a while.

    Maybe I’ll start using laundry time to confess all my sins so I can become white as snow again! Because God knows I need to confess more often.


  • Christina May 16 at 5:44 am

    Wow that really changes the way I look at my laundry pile. If you ever figure out where the other sock goes let me know. I’m with you I need to let Jesus wash away my sins hourly.

  • valerie May 16 at 1:20 pm

    Great post!
    There are just two of us in our home now and I swear, we have just as much dirty laundry???
    My husband has work clothes and then comes home and changes and goes to the garden/farm each day… he has a large garden at our friend’s house…so there are two sets of his dirty clothes each day. But what do ya do? 🙁
    And, I’ll never understand that either, how you can put two socks that match in the washer & dryer and only one comes out. Where it goes….nobody knows.
    I do love the Biblical picture you showed in this post.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • DeAnna May 17 at 12:41 am

    Okay…. have you been at my house secretly today?! It’s laundry day!!!

  • LAURIE May 18 at 7:57 pm

    I will APPRECIATE doing all of that laundry now that you have shown me the importance of “washing” daily. We are washed in His blood. Thank you Jesus! -Blessings, Laurie

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