You may have heard from professional upholstery cleaners that the difference between a spot and stain is 24 hours.
So, what you’re saying, Mr. save my carpet man, is that the longer the accident sets the more risk and harm it will cause?
Well ain’t that the truth. And why does the word ‘ain’t’ have an apostrophe? What two words are being combined here, anyway?
I have let so many spots turn into stains in my life, on my heart, in my thoughts. Incidences I chose to harbor in the offended chambers of my heart because, for some reason, re-living it over and over made me feel better. Well, it never truly makes me feel better. It holds me in a place where I build a fence around the spot, making it worse…inviting it to sink in deeper, causing a stain that remains.
All the while, I resent the perpetrator more and more and they’ve likely moved on and never think about it, or worse yet, never even committed a ‘crime’ in the first place. And I’m left with a stain. And for what? For whose benefit?
It is so hard to get over ourselves and not take things so personally. Especially in this world today. I get it. But we too easily cripple our potential to show, not only, others grace, but ourselves grace.
There are too many magnificent moments happening around us to willingly choose to allow a spot to turn into a stain in our lives. Worse yet, to rub the spot in day after day, after day.
I know there are some stains that are forced upon us. There certainly are in my life. But the ones we have control over…wipe those blemishes clean away. Put that energy and focus into something that is life-giving instead of life-taking.
But how? Maybe you’ve tried and have failed. Perhaps showing someone else the spot might help? It’s a start, at least. Just don’t let it set in and penetrate the core of you. It has as much power as you allow it to have.
Let’s do some spot cleaning!