Shades of White


Cloud white, marshmallow white, antique white, bistro white, bungalow white, and cameo white are but a few of the choices I recently looked at as I was planning to paint our interior doors and trim in our home.

Our doors were originally white. I’m not sure which “white” they were.

It’s been 14 years since they were last painted!

(No judgment please)

I brought home the samples and taped them to my doors to see which “white” I preferred. I ended up choosing one.

As of today, I have finished all the interior doors. Hurray!

As I painted each and every door (19 all in all) the thought would run through my mind “this is VERY white”. So much whiter than the last “white”.

I really need to work on the trim because theses white doors sure make the trim work look dull and “not so white”.  My eyes would them roam to the light switch plates…these will also need replaced.  How on earth did I think this was originally white?

Where am I going with this?

Glad you asked!

The Bible says:
“Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”

Psalms 51:7

Jesus is the ONLY one who can cleanse us and make us whiter than snow, pure, and acceptable in The Father’s sight.

When we try to cleanse ourselves…if falls short.

In our own efforts we might take a sin and realize it’s a sin and in our own efforts we try to make it better and acceptable.  Perhaps good works will make my sin look “whiter”.  Perhaps certain prayers will make my sin appear “whiter”.  Perhaps giving money to a charity will make my sins appear “whiter”.

The thing is we can never make it “white and pure” as Jesus does and only He can.

We will always fall short.

We might think we’ve got something under control and maybe we actually do so many good works and donate so much to charity that we believe we are now in the white category.  But bungalow white, cameo white, antique white, bistro white are still just shades of white.  It’s still not Jesus white!

We need Jesus.

God sent His Son to live the perfect life that we could never live and to die the death that we should have died.

May we not trust in our own doing, but in His perfect sacrifice alone.


As a side note …

It was my daughter in law who inspired me to paint all my interior doors.

She was doing this in her home and each time I’d visit I would see how clean and how beautiful they looked.

I was inspired.


May this little blog, these words of truth…

Inspire you today to receive and accept God’s Son

As your savior.

May you go to Him for true cleansing and become

Whiter than snow.

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