Have you ever used whiteout? There are different types of white out but they all seem to serve the same purpose: cover up a mistake. The liquid whiteout has a soft spongy tip and goes on wet but then dries up quickly and you’re able to write over the mistake. The whiteout tape is another type of white out that is used to cover up mistakes. It is a device that allows you to roll over the mistake and quickly cover it up, no drying takes place. And then there is white out exact liner for the precise cover ups and quick application.
The thing about white out, regardless of white one you use, is that it really is just “correction tape”. It is a quick cover up for a mistake that was made. But if you use the liquid white out and only put one layer, you can still see the mistake, as you put more layers it gets coddled up and you can’t write over it. The white out tape is handy and quick but it doesn’t always make a straight light, you have to be very careful and take your time to cover the mistake up. And the white out exact liner is a quick straight cover up but it cost more money.
Regardless of which white out you use, they can all be scratched at, picked it, and rubbed until the mistake underneath is exposed once again.
Isn’t that like life? We make mistakes in life and try to get in a new relationship, move to a new city, get a new job, cut or dye our hair, lose weight, even start going back to church. But all of these are just “types of correction tapes” used to cover up a mistake. Until you actually take the time towork through the mistake, it will still be there.
One of the ways I’ve known to really move forward from a mistake, is to just acknowledge it (scratch over it), leave it where it is, and get a new piece of paper (accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or renew your life).
You see, scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (NIV). Rather than seeking correction tape, new things to cover up the pain, the hurt, the anger, the mistakes, look for the new slate from the inside out.
But remember, you can color your hair, get in a new relationship, move to a new place, get a new job, but everything inside of you, your spirit will still be the same. You will eventually continue doing what you’ve done in the past, looking for more white out to cover it up. And if anyone scratch, pick, or rub at you, your mistake will be exposed, then where will you turn?
With Jesus, you can standbolding, “9Don’t lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes—the person you once were and the bad things you did then. 10 Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of theone who made you. You are becoming more and more like him. (Colossian 3:9-10 ERV).
Leave behind the white out, the correction tape, don’t seek the quick fixes. The quickest fix I know is Jesus and He fixes you from the inside out, making you a new creation rather than a cover up that is vulnerable to be exposed of past mistakes at any time.