Did you know some of the biggest debates in history have occurred over TOILET PAPER??? Countless arguments and heated discussions have been documented about which way the much needed tissue should HANG on its holder. Marriages have CRUMBLED!!! Cities have COLLAPSED!!!!
Proper tissue use is such a HUGE issue- it even has its own Wikipedia article!!
Here is a snippet:
Toilet paper when used with a toilet roll holder with a horizontal axle parallel to the floor and also parallel to the wall has two possible orientations: the toilet paper may hang over (in front of) or under (behind) the roll; if perpendicular to the wall, the two orientations are right-left or near-away. The choice is largely a matter of personal preference, dictated by habit. In surveys of US consumers and of bath and kitchen specialists, 60–70 percent of respondents prefer over.
While many people consider this topic unimportant, some hold strong opinions on the matter. Advice columnist Ann Landers said that the subject was the most controversial issue in her column's history. Defenders of either position cite advantages ranging from aesthetics, hospitality, and cleanliness to paper conservation, the ease of detaching individual squares, and compatibility with a recreational vehicle or a cat. Celebrities are found on both sides. Some writers have proposed connections to age, sex, or political philosophy, and survey evidence has shown a correlation with socioeconomic status.
As I am reading all of this, I have a VERY DEEP AND IMPORTANT OBSERVATION…..
Even though people do NOT always agree about the proper METHOD and USE of toilet paper- EVERYONE STILL USES IT!!!!
NOBODY I know lets the hanging “details” stop them from WIPING!!!
This realization brings me to a question:
Why isn’t it the same with our PRAYER LIVES?????
TOILET PAPER is NO more IMPORTANT and NO more NEEDED than PRAYER!!!
So….. Why do we let the “details” STOP us from praying???
Why do we get so caught up debating (with OURSELVES) the PROPER way to pray- that we end up NOT PRAYING AT ALL!!!!???
We get so worried about doing it wrong, so we just DON’T DO IT!!!!!
Now- Let’s relate this ISSUE to our tissue…
What IF we did THIS with our toilet paper, my friends!!!!????!!!!
What IF we got SO caught up in “doing” it properly that we just STOPPED doing it?
What if we discontinued WIPING altogether!!!!!???!!!!
I am laughing as I am considering this, BUT through This (T) ISSUE, I have learned an important lesson… I get TOO caught up in the details!! The Lord of the Universe has given me FREE access to talk to Him anytime I want to or NEED to!!!
I need to STOP concerning myself with thoughts that my prayers aren’t LONG enough, or ELOQUENT enough, or that my prayers may not have all the REQUIRED parts- I just need to PRAY!!!!
The prayer “roll” is hanging right there in front of me- and sometimes I DON’T “WIPE”. I spend A LOT of time thinking about WIPING- planning my WIPING, feeling guilty about NOT wiping- WHEN I should just GRAB the “ROLL” and WIPE!!!!
What are your thoughts????