Saturday, May 1, 2010

Behind Closed Doors...

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“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness." Matthew 23:27

I have been giving it some thought lately as to how blogs can quickly become places where we post our moments of glory, our culinary achievements, and our strokes of creative genius. Ronnie and I refer to these as "blog boasts."

One of the things that I love about reading blogs is the inspiration that they provide. I love to see neat and creative things people are making, fun and delicious recipes, and beautiful decorating that people do in their houses. But the danger is that we can pick and choose what we want the world to see. I might show you the 20 meals in my freezer but I failed to show a picture of the masses of dirty dishes piled high. I am eager to show you a delicious and attractive meal, but I don't feature those nights where 6:30 has rolled around and I have no clue what we are going to eat and we resort to scrambled eggs. It is easy for me to show you where we have added a little beauty to our house, but I don't show you what is behind the closet doors or in the top dresser drawer- the drawer that was in such disarray that the other day I resorted to emptying out on the floor to find the one thing I was looking for.

And I definitely have not mentioned to you what lurks in my heart behind the whitewashed doors! How I so quickly grow impatient, how I worry about the future, how I pass judgment on others, and how I become consumed with trivial things rather than hungering and thirsting for righteousness.

Why am I mentioning these things now? This is my effort to continue to keep things real. It is easy to fall into the trap of presenting ourselves as people that have it all together, but oh how far from the truth! Isn't it refreshing to remember that Jesus came to save and heal the sick?! He isn't looking for those that have it all together. In fact, in all our failed efforts, brokeness, and sin we see our desperate need for Him. Today I rejoice in the fact that my life is hidden in Him and He is making all things new.

And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Mark 2:17

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." Col. 3:1-3


Amanda said...
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Amanda said...

Great post, Gracie! You do an amazing job at making your blogs posts real. . . using every opportunity to point it back to Christ!

Thanks for the inspiration! And keep the lovely things coming, they make me so happy and get my creative juices flowing! Though if you must, I'd love to see your junk drawer so I can compare it to mine . .. ;) We can have a blog junk-drawer competition.

Paula said...

Hear, hear. It's hard to know when real is too much information and the temptation to paint a glossy picture is there. Maybe we should have a "show us your real _______" party. I think my junk drawer might make you all flee. : )

Jo-Jo said...

I think all of us at some point want everyone to know that life isn't perfect BUT the Lord gives us beautiful blessings and it's good to share those with others! Seeing those blessings in others lives makes me thankful - so keep the beautiful things coming - it helps me cope with the not so happy times! Love you!