The other day while on Facebook my Mom noticed that one of my Aunts had driven by my Great-Grandparents old house and taken a picture of it.
It was interesting to see the way that the house looks today. In all honesty, it’s not much different than the photo above. The doors are now different colors, there were a couple of vehicles in the driveway, and if you ask me a swing-set a little too close to the hill. IF you jump just the right way off that swing there’s a pretty good chance you could go a bit further than you intended and end up with a few scrapes and bruises…
Now, I’m not gonna lie, I am curious to see the inside. I wonder if the kitchen cabinets are still blue, if the 70’s Christmas colored shag carpet is still in the addition, and if there’s still that one wall in the living room with the deer wallpaper. I want to know if there’s still wood paneling lining the hallway and in the back bedroom, carpet in the bathroom, and if Great-Grandma’s bird shelf is still there. (When the addition was added on they left the window and turned it into a shelf).
But you know what? Those things are just that, things. What made that house so special to me were the people who lived inside. My Great-Grandma and Jake-a-roo. (Great-Grandpa gave several of his grandchildren and a few of his great grandchildren nicknames. Mom’s was Jake and mine was Jake-a-roo. Over the years I started calling him by the nickname he gave me). And the memories we shared within those walls. Thanksgiving and Christmas year after year, birthdays, card games, and baking pies and cinnamon rolls. My most favorite memories often center around the meals we shared. Whether it was a Holiday feast or chili dogs there was always plenty of food to go around. While Great-Grandma was living I can’t think of a single time in which I came to her house and didn’t eat anything…(:
Seeing that house again reminded me of how God sees us. He doesn’t pay attention to what’s on the outside. What’s important to Him is what’s on the inside. Our heart. Why we do what we do. Our motives and thoughts. Are we putting God above all else? Do we try to honor and glorify Him with our actions?
“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
~1 Samuel 16:7
Until next time,