The last time we put great effort into fixing up our home, it was for resale purposes. So as our builders are making the finishing touches to our renovations this week, I’m extra thrilled because we are not going anywhere! The last few items on the “punch-list” are, in so many ways, the details that pull the whole project together. (From a woman’s perspective, it’s like making sure to put on earrings and lipstick before running out. For men, I guess it would just be making sure you washed your hair.)
Looking back on preparing our first house for sale makes my head spin. With three small children, a dog, a hamster, a fish and a bird we had more than our fair share of debris to deal with. The goal was for the right buyers to envision themselves living there and making it their home.
I took this challenge with vigor, spending every spare moment (and the moments that weren’t spare) to pull together the house. This was our beloved home of 10 years where all three children were born. When we first bought the house everyone thought we were crazy because it was in seriously rough shape. We bought it in that dreaded category known as “As Is” condition. But we made it our own and like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree when we were finished, this little house had a dazzling sparkle to it. It just needed a little love and attention to detail. (Well perhaps a lot of love and attention to a lot of details.)
Thoughts of staying put lingered in my mind as we discussed the sale p
rice with our realtor. So when he named his thoughts on a fair price I chimed in and insisted on raising it because, really, how can you even put a price on such a precious little dwelling place? Especially after all the hard work, love and sweat we had put into it.
It wasn’t greed, I just knew, with confidence what we had there. Yes, even more than more than the specialist, our realtor, because it was our home, not his. The house sold on the first day. (Dang, should have raised the price even more. Ha!)
As Christian’s we have made a choice that our lives are to become “home” for Jesus. He paid the price for our sin on the cross because of His love for us. He takes us in “As-Is” condition and wants nothing more than to polish us up and make us new again. Do we really know what we have here? Do we have confidence in God’s promises to us?
It’s easy to put on a coat of paint, put on lipstick and to wash our hair but what about paying closer attention to the important details of our faith walk? This week, ask God where you need strength in your faith. Pray for confidence in God’s promises, and for a softened heart to hear God and seek him more wholeheartedly. Then, stand by for true heavenly radiance in every detail of your life!
“In Him and through faith in Him we may enter God’s presence with boldness and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12
“But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope of which we boast.” Hebrews 3:6
“Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you.” J.I. Packer Knowing God.
“I do not know what the future holds, but I do know Who holds my future.” Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God.
“Faith is your best accessory.” Christian Bling
Monday Must See Video : “There Will Come a Day” by Faith Hill