A lesson from white carpet
A few years ago, my wife Joy and I decided it was time to replace the original carpet in our 20 year-old home.
It was our first house, a spec home, and the builder had lavished bright orange shag in virtually every room.
We dropped by a local carpet store and found that we could not come to a consensus.
Joy preferred something called "Dusty Rose" which I thought looked too feminine; I favored a brown which Joy felt would be too dark.
While looking through the many samples, we both were excited to discover a square of beautiful white carpet.
When we asked the salesman if he stocked white, he laughed, and said, "Yeah, right."
Joy and I agreed – it would be white carpet for the Gibson home!
We negotiated the details and authorized the order which had to be submitted to the carpet factory in eastern Canada.
Three weeks later, we got the call: our carpet was in, ready to install!
The appointment was made, and after a week, we were the proud owners of a home that looked as if it had received a light dusting of snow.
Friends and visitors never had to ask the question, "Would you prefer we remove our shoes?"
Almost immediately we discovered that the carpet never looked clean.
Every speck of dust, every hair, every piece of lint, was completely visible.
We would often be tempted to vacuum every day!
With all its beauty and brightness, we discovered that white carpet was really not the best choice for the family home (with two teenagers).
The white carpet alerted us to the presence of dirt in our home – it was a constant reminder.
In another experience, I remember taking our youngest daughter to a Fred Penner children's concert at the Abby Arts Center and noticing clouds of dust in front of a big spotlight directed at the stage.
The dust was everywhere of course – and I was breathing it in – but it was only revealed by the intense light.
Perhaps, as you are reading this, you can think of similar experiences which revealed "dirt" in your own life.
Of course, the most troubling "dirt" is the evil things that we do and the dark thoughts we can sometimes have.
The Bible calls these "sin" and they are all those things that separate us from our God.
And, as we draw closer to God, we can be very aware of the evil that we often wish to hide away, hoping that no one else will ever know.
The Bible talks about this: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
God, through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, wants you to have a wonderful relationship with him, but he needs you to "come clean."
Christ, who was without sin, died on the cross in order that you might be "saved" from a life of sin, and saved to be with him forever.
The Bible puts it this way: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Today you may be sensing that it is time to turn your life around, to make things right with God.
God, through Christ, may be speaking to you right now.
As the Bible says, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me and I give to them eternal life and that they shall never die…"
Sheep are easily scattered, and they need a strong leader to keep them safe – this is why Christ uses this picture to describe his friends, those people who love him.
In fact, in the Bible it even refers to Jesus as the "Lamb of God" who takes away the sin of the world.
Is this your day to get things right with God? Is this your day to accept Christ as your Savior?
Why not confess your need for him and surrender all the bad things you have done – don't let them control you any longer!
Think for a moment about the white carpet and the bright light – they are symbols of the perfect love God has for you, the perfect love that reveals the dust and dirt you need to put aside.
I pray that this will be your day to begin a new life with God through Jesus Christ.