Years ago when I was first married, my dearest friends got together and made me a quilt. They presented it to me on my wedding day. I proudly put it on my bed in our little apartment and it became one of my favorite things. A few years later I noticed some of the stitching started to unravel. It had left the tiniest hole and I thought to myself, “I should mend this”. It would have been a five minute fix. But life got in the way and I procrastinated the chore.
A few months later that little hole caught on something and started to tear. Just a half inch, and I thought to myself, “I should hurry and fix this before the tear gets larger”. But again, I procrastinated, not taking the tear as serious as I should have.
Time trudged forward and with daily use of this quilt that small tear ripped into quite a large tear, and from that tear another formed. It didn’t take long from that point and the entire back of the quilt was destroyed. I remember being very disappointed with myself and thinking, “why didn’t I just fix it immediately?”. Now it seemed beyond repair. I contemplated just giving up and throwing it away. The batting had come loose inside and was missing in entire parts. It just seemed irreparable. This quilt, which was once beautiful, only just resembled its former beauty.
I remember feeling horrible. How did I let this happen? However, in the depths of sorrow, an idea sparked. I could completely replace the batting and back of the quilt with new fabric, restoring it to its former beauty! I carefully folded it up and put it away, waiting for the day to come when I would bring it back out and fix every last inch. And there it has sat, all these years, still tattered and torn–tucked lovingly away. But it still has not been repaired.
The memory of my quilt reminded me of sin and how it can ruin and destroy our lives if we procrastinate repentance. In the beginning it might be just a little small sin. A white lie or something that may not seem like a big deal, one little thing that might be easy to mend. But when we ignore the prompting to repent that small sin will ultimately lead to bigger sins. And before you know it you aren’t even living the same life any more. You may be completely off track and lost. You may want to give up, all hope gone, and throw in the towel. You may think that Heavenly Father doesn’t love you, that your life is over, or that there is no way for you to return to a life before sin.
But there is! Repentance is the answer. Repentance will repair the holes and rips in your life, one prayer at a time, because with faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, all things are possible. Your very soul and life can be healed. Don’t feel like you have to “throw your life away” because you’ve gotten so far off track. The best thing yet is all those sins hiding, laying in wait, folded in your “closet” can be forgiven too. When you’re done, you will be beautiful and spot free, just like my quilt was on my wedding day. Just like my quilt can become again. And with that quilt you can wrap it around you giving you shelter and wisdom like never before. You can envision yourself in the arms of Jesus’ love, because you are important, you have great worth, and He wants to save you. It was his entire purpose for living on this earth. For you, and for me!