Growing up on a farm, meant going to the city was a big deal. Like, the kind of deal where we always got to go out for fast food and get some new clothes for school. That kind of big deal. Perhaps it’s because we didn’t have any neighbours to spy on us, or for us to spy on, the thought of driving through a town or city where we could peer into people’s windows at night was extra exciting. Now, now, don’t pretend like I’m the ONLY one who loves, ‘er, loved to do this!
But it wasn’t just to stare at the different kinds of homes, the architecture, and the colors. I wanted to see inside. When people had their curtains closed or lights off I was sorely disappointed. Didn’t they know I was coming?! Now, to this day, I still love to peek inside people’s homes. Especially at Christmas! It’s exciting to me to see how people do “family”. How they decorate their home, or what TV shows they watch. I think within our very nature we want to believe that home is a safe sacred place where good memories are made. Isn’t that how God intended it to be?
So when I think about Troy and I as we start a family, it makes me stop to ask… if people were to peer in and get a real look, are they seeing what I’d want them to? Is our home reflecting what we want it to, or do people just see all the good and not the real stuff?
I’m the kind of girl who cleans WHILE she cooks. I like a candle flickering, some music on, and to multitask to my heart’s content. Sometimes this works, and sometimes I fail miserably and Pippa gets more from the floor than I wanted! And nothing delights me more than to sit down with a yummy plate of food and the dishes are already taken care of (much easier when I lived on my own! LOL). But as I think of kids entering this world, I know I’ll have to let go of that. For their sake, and mine. It’ll have to get real, real quick. And it quite frankly, makes me uneasy!
This morning I read a very sobering script where Jesus is speaking to the scribes and Pharisees about their hypocrisy. Read on…
Matthew 23:25-26, “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. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
See, Jesus had no issue with calling people on their stuff!
But how often do we do it? ESPECIALLY with social media (which could be a whole other blog post, on how we interpret someone’s life happiness solely based on their posts and how naïve that actually is….yeah). Are we exemplifying on the outside what we want people to see when they get a chance, a rare chance, to see inside?
I don’t know about you, but I so want our home to be one where Christ is still redeeming, and our hearts are surrendered to that process. Where the reality of the love and selfishness battle happens, but love wins (more and more). Where forgiveness is practiced. Where our kids’ voices are heard and they feel safe and cherished and challenged and know what it means to walk with the Lord.
Let’s not be whitewashed and only care about the outside. Because truthfully, we all want to drive-by, and know that others are real too.