Paper Straws: Getting out the Kinks

Paper Straws: Getting out the Kinks

One of my favorite childhood outings was going to Sweetlands on Plainfield Avenue with my Grandma and Grandpa for chocolate sodas. The sodas were so tall that I had to sit on my knees to be able to sip it through the long red and white-striped straw. We always sat in the 1950s-style booths that lined the wall. It wasn’t a retro soda fountain. It was the real deal! Am I revealing my age?

Paper Straws 3I’ll never forget the time I sipped my hardest but nothing came through the straw. I tried every which way to move it around in the soda, thinking I could get a sip from the other side. I could not figure out what I was doing wrong. I just couldn’t get it to work! Seeing my frustration, my Grandma lifted the straw and showed me where the problem was: It was kinked! It was an easy fix. Gently she rounded out the pinched area and I was back to sipping my soda. Yum!

My life can be compared to my chocolate soda experience. I am like the paper straw. I am a channel that the Holy Spirit flows through. Often my life gets kinked or pinched by sin and self-centeredness, which clogs up the free flow of God’s Spirit through me. Instead of getting frustrated I have discovered the easy fix – confession.

Paper Straws 1John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins (admit my straw is kinked because of…. ), He is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He will, like my grandmother, unkink the straw allowing God’s Spirit to flow freely once again. Trying harder, performing better, or using the power of positive thinking cannot restore the flow of the Spirit. It is through simply agreeing with God concerning your sin, thanking Him for His forgiveness on the cross, and walking in His resurrected power that allows the Spirit to move unhindered through you.

Romans 8:1-11 / Galatians 5:23-24 / I John 1:9


Debbie McGoldrick is the founder of NBS2GO and blessed to be married to Mark and the adoptive mother of Melissa and Matt. Debbie is an avid collector of heart rocks and shells, a lover of color (and chocolate sodas!), and always looking for a reason to go to the beach.

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