Don’t Forget to Shower
Wild Rose, Sweet Pea and Violet, Fresh Water Orchid.
Lemongrass Mint, Blueberry and White Tea, Mystic Melon.
Do you know what these have in common? The same thing as Spring Breeze, Fresh Oxygen, and Pure Rain. They are all fragrances you can roll, spray or glide into your armpit. You can raise your hand in class and emit Ooh-la-la Lavender instead of the bacterial smell that naturally brews in that dark recess.
Some available deodorant options make sense, like Powder Fresh and Clean. Red Satin, Satin Breeze, and Delicious Bliss are a bit puzzling, though, and I doubt I could describe the intended fragrances of Classic Romance versus Sexy Intrigue. And Tropical Paradise? Personally, I don’t care to lift my arm and remind anyone of anything remotely humid, green or coconutty.
Deodorants are gender specific, too, and not just in the color of the plastic container or the brands of Unscented and Musk. Men get half the shelving space, but not for anything floral. They get Arctic Ice, Arctic Edge, Arctic Refresh or Cool Impact, Cool Shower, and Cool Wave. They can smell like a cold location, too, such as Everest, or a warm one, like Fiji. There are plenty of athletic sounding options and some for post game, too, like After Hours and Swagger. (Just what does Swagger smell like and why is that a good thing?)
So many options yet they all have the same essential purpose: to control wetness and control odor. And they all contain the same essential ingredient: an aluminum salt.
Bibles are like deodorants.
The bookstore shelves are a Baskin-Robbins of versions, colors, sizes, fonts, and additives. They all have the same essential purpose: To let us know what God wants us to know about Himself and how that effects our lives. They all contain the same active ingredient: God’s plan to eliminate our natural offensive odor.
Little sins sneak out of us like dribbles of sweat. They may not be noticed by others and they aren’t too difficult to conceal. But as they accumulate, they reek and dark spots appear on our white button downs or pink silk blouses. Ick. That’s what God says, too.
There is a remedy – a shower, a good scrubbing to remove the offense. Asking God for forgiveness works. But why not prevent the stain in the first place?
God’s Word teaches us how to avoid the behaviors and mindsets that are offensive to him and each other. If we apply the lessons, we are much less likely to stink up the room.
We can’t see the aluminum salt actually absorbing the sweat. We see the results. Like reading the Bible, we can’t necessarily see how it all applies but it works beyond our understanding to provide a barrier, a protection. When the pressure rises, you’ll get a whiff of that Truth or Pear you rolled on. It will kick in as you need it most.
Don’t forget to shower and don’t forget to apply that pit stick of your choice, daily for best results. Then face the day with the confidence of Ocean Surf churning beneath your suit, or maybe just Regular.
All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living…
(II Timothy 3:16)