Have you ever noticed when you get a new piece of furniture how it brings out the shabbiness in everything else?
Instead of thankfulness for the new thing, there are wishes for more newer, nicer things to go with the recently acquired new thing.
And on and on we go, a merry-go-round of discontent.
But what if our homes were Better Homes and Gardens perfect? What then? We’d still have to live with the imperfect, unfinished self. No amount of money could fix it. No fancy slipcover could hide its true nature.
Only Christ has the power to renovate us.
Without His Spirit working in us daily, our personal shabbiness goes unnoticed.
Surrounded by the world’s ugliness, we don’t look so bad.
But the truth is:
...we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6
The endless lists of the outgrown, the worn out, and the broken can grate on this wife who thrives on beauty, order, and cleanliness.
But when I strive for the physical to succor my soul, there is never an end to the ride.
But thanks be to God, when we repent from the dizzying circle of more, More, MORE, He has the power to stop the merry-go-round we have gotten ourselves on.
He will wash us clean from the filth of our discontent, and rub the salve of clarity on our eyes to reveal what always has been true: more awaits us in the kingdom of God than anything we could ever hope to acquire here.
So as I survey the ugliness that shouts from my rooms, the stains that wink as I walk by, the same re-glued chairs, and unfinished walls, I will shut my eyes to the falsehood of what I see and inhale deeply what I know to be true.
A shiny house and pretty clothes will one day turn to ash. (2 Peter 3:10-11)
Spiritual stagnation is what is ugly, not the rips in your upholstery or the one thrift-store dress that you own.
Spiritual dilapidation is the eyesore, not the peeling house paint or the broken appliance parked in your backyard.
When your circumstances muddy the threshold of your desires; when there is no beauty surrounding you: the house (wardrobe and yard) a mass of ugly, then BE the beauty that you seek, shine forth radiantly from every corner of your mind.
As we submit to the renovation that Christ desires for us, the yearning for beautiful things will lose their grip as BEING beautiful in the Spirit takes over.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9
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