Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. ~Matthew 23:25
Do you own a home? Have you come to rely on the comfort and security that it provides for your family? Are you honestly assessing whether or not things are structurally solid and sound when it comes to the skeletal strength of the house?
That's the evaluation my husband, Danny, makes recently when he calculates the health and resilience of our decks. We already know they are old, 37 years to be exact. That's a long time for them to withstand the abuse of foot traffic and inclement weather throughout those many seasons.
Upon the advice of a deck-building consultant, he decides it's past time for our decks to go the way of the dinosaur. In fact, the representative tells us that the oldest deck they've replaced to date was a mere 32-years old. That makes ours an anomaly, for sure!
Does Danny have any hesitance about going through with this project? When he's hit between the eyes with cost, yes. He falters for a moment or two, wondering if we can, perhaps, put this home improvement venture on the backburner for another year or two. But when he inspects the stairs more closely, noting that the stringers are rotting, his mind is made up. New decks, here we come!
The crew isn't close to completion, but they've certainly come a long way considering how few days they've been on the project.
It's so refreshing in this day and time to see guys who aren't afraid of an honest day's work, putting their all into everything they do for the satisfaction of their customers.
During this season of Advent, while we wait with expectation and hope for the coming of the Lord, it would be a good thing for all of us to reflect on the state of our spiritual health and well-being. Are we as clean and vibrant on the inside as Jesus can make us, or are we holding Him at bay, shying away from the inmost renovations our hearts need? Our homes can be spotless and bright with Christmas decorations, but if our spirits aren't focused upon the cleansing that Jesus can make happen within us, can we say we are ready for the celebration ahead?
I don't know about you, but I'm certain there are lots of renovations my soul needs that only Jesus can do. I need Him to continue the good work He began in me.
He has my full permission.