The soap that floats

There is a well-known brand of soap that has two uncommon qualities. It’s known as “the soap which floats” and is the oldest of the best-sellers. But it wasn’t always that way.

Years ago this soap was just another brand among many. Then a factory foreman blundered by leaving a batch of new soap unwatched in the cooking vat during noon hour. His lunch was delayed and the soap overcooked.

Rather than report the mistake and run the risk of dismissal, the foreman decided to make the best of it. He shipped out this new batch anyway. It seemed to clean just as well — although now much lighter.

The results surprised everyone. Rather than complaints the company was deluged with orders for this floating soap. The foreman was not fired but promoted when he cooperated with company chemists to revise and modify the old formula for “the soap that floats.”

Blessings sometimes come from blunders. It’s often possible to make something better out of something bad.

That’s the way God works with us. We don’t often do right the first time, but He’s always ready to salvage the situation no matter how bad we make it. (Rom 8:28)

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

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