When taking a shower, I’m the type to use a bar of soap, rather than like my sister who uses “body wash.” When the bar of soap wears down so thin that it breaks, I put them together. But, when the piece is too thin to rub on the wash cloth, I used to throw it in the garbage. It bothered me, throwing out perfectly fine soap, but too small to handle usefully.
So, I started saving the broken halves.
After about a year, I had quite a gathering of these pieces of soap.
The day came when I decided it was time to do something with them. After a little research, I found I could heat the pieces of soap in a pan on the stove and melt them down to eventually pour into a mold for a whole new bar of soap.
I put all the pieces into a pan and added a little milk before turning on the stove burner.
I turned the burner to medium heat and started stirring the mixture. Within one minute knew I made a mistake.
The soap mess started burning on the bottom. Instead of giving up, I carefully poured the mixture into another pan without disturbing the burnt bottom layer. I put aside the first pan to clean later.
I put the second pan, full of the soap pieces, on the burner and turned the heat level way down to melt, then added water. About a quarter cup.
I stirred patiently.
A day later, the bar of soap, shaped like none other, was retrieved from the box. It will last quite a while since it’s rather bulky.
Bulk aside, I now see how much soap I threw away in the past. No more. The process of re-forming the little pieces into a useful bar of soap is too easy. I’ll keep doing it.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.–Ps. 51:10, ESV