When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I was so excited! I loved my son, but as a girl from a family with all sisters, I dreamed of having a daughter of my own. Even my mom was excited for me. She said, "Now you will have a nice, little, calm, sweet girl!" Meaning that in comparison to my year old son, a daughter would be such a breath of fresh air.
Moms are usually always right. But this time, my mom was wrong.
My daughter is and always has been a firecracker. She learned to talk pretty early, and she has not stopped since. The amount of sass that came from her at 18 months is probably unprecedented. She is all energy and giggles, mixed with the stubbornness of a mule.
She also has the craziest knack for getting dirty. Now I don't meant a little grass stain on the knees. No, she is by far messier than her two brothers. She is always the one to get her rain boot completely submerged in, and filled with, mud. And recently, she achieved a level of dirtiness that I didn't know could be achieved while watching a high school baseball game. Between traipsing through muddy puddles and rolling down squishy, oozing hills, she was filthy from head to toe.
As her mother, I was quite annoyed. Not only did she need a thorough shower on a night that was not shower night, but her clothes were terrible! I set to work with my best stain fighters to get the mud stains out of the knees of her leggings and the butt of her dress. Round one of washing failed. They are currently soaking in some commercial grade cleaner. I might have to take a rock to them...
Don't you just hate stains?
As believers in Jesus, our sin, our stains, have been cleansed thoroughly by the blood of Jesus. We are clean and without stain because of Jesus! But there are other ways we can "dirty up our clothes."
, "Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
See? We can still mess things up by complaining and arguing with others. When we do those things, we are not shining as brightly as we could. When others hear arguments among believers, it muddies the light and love of God.
How are we to do this? It's hard not to complain. I've really only met a few people who I can say I have never heard complain. And everyone gets into an argument now and then, right?
It is only by God working in us that we have a shot at living a clean, innocent life. As the verses above state, it is God who gives us "the desire and the power to do what pleases Him." Without God, we don't know the right thing, nor do we have the power to do it. The Holy Spirit enables us.
But with God, we can be clean. We can be spotless. We can "shine bright like the stars in the sky" (Phil. 2:15, NIV). We can be like pristine, clean clothes.
Don't be muddy leggings. Let God work in you!
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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