What’s Your Cure-All?

6 Jan

“When I was a kid, the cure-all was Vicks VapoRub. If you couldn’t slime away your ailment, it probably wasn’t curable.

“I was greased down so many times growing up, I thought my parents had me confused with their 1968 Chevy!” ~ Rhonda Rhea *

Meercat & Vicks VapoRubI (Dawn) remember those rub-downs as a kid, too. I hated the little glob that my mom put on my nostrils, saying “This will help you sleep!” The only thing it did was burn my nostrils!

I’ve often wondered how many ways VapoRub people have used the nasty stuff.

I read that a zoo in the United Kingdom used Vicks VapoRub to keep older meerkats from fighting new meerkats introduced into their colony. The decongestant hid the meerkats scent long enough for them to get used to each other.

My Grandma Webb considered Vicks VapoRub a cure-all. Sure enough, besides the normal uses ~ rubbing on the chest and throat to relieve coughs and nasal congestion~ I’ve read that some people use it to fight toenail fungus, for sore muscles, to smooth out chapped lips, for headaches, for tennis elbow, for some dermatitis, and even to fight hemorrhoids.

But doctors insist that it was only created (by pharmacist Lunsford Richardson in 1890) to relieve coughs and nasal congestion. We need to be careful to read and be sensible concerning purported “cure-all” advertising. Some products may indeed be helpful; but the ads might also be full of false claims.

I really only know of one perfect cure-all, and that’s the cure for our sin problem. Jesus, God’s Son, died and rose again so that we can be forgiven of sin. The scriptures say that if we admit that we are sinners (Romans 3:23-26) and we need God’s provision of the Savior (Matthew 26:28; Luke 24:46-47; Ephesians 1:7), God will forgive us (1 John 1:9).

Rejoice today if you have received God’s cure-all for your sin problem. Whoo Hooand Thank you, Father God!








* Rhonda Rhea, “The Great Experiment,” in Happily Ever Laughter, Ken Davis, ed. (Tyndale House, 2010), pp. 112-113.


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