Applying some “White-Out” to life …
Bette Nesmith had a good secretarial job in a Dallas bank when she ran across a problem that interested her. Wasn’t there a better way to correct the errors she made on her electric typewriter?
Bette had some experience in art and she knew that artists who worked in oils just painted over their errors. Maybe that would work for her, too. So she concocted a fluid to paint over her typing errors.
Before long, all the secretaries in her building were using what she then called “MistakeOut.” She attempted to sell the product idea to marketing agencies and various companies such as IBM, but they turned her down. However, secretaries liked her product, so Nesmith’s kitchen became her first manufacturing facility and she started selling her product on her own.
When Nesmith sold the enterprise, the tiny white bottles were earning $3.5 million annually on sales of $38 million. The buyer was Gillette Company and the sale price was $47.5 million.
If you’ve never used a typewriter, you may not understand how permanent a typing error can be. There it is, imprinted on the paper for all to see. You can’t just backspace like you can on a computer; unless the error is blotted out, it cannot be corrected.
The same is true with sin in our lives. Sin is more than a mistake, more than an error; it is a stain that ruins our lives. Unless it is blotted out, it cannot be corrected.
Well, here’s some good news from the Lord about the stain of sin on our lives …
“I — yes, I alone — will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again,” Isaiah 43:25.
On our own, our sins are permanent stains upon the beauty of what God has created in us. But when we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, He blots out all our sins with His own blood, and paints over them the image of Himself.
“But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ,” Ephesians 2:13.
Have you surrendered your live to Jesus Christ so that His blood, poured out in sacrifice upon the cross, can blot out your sins?