Monday, August 3, 2009

What does your front door say about you?

Okay, you’ve probably not given much thought to what your front door says about you and neither had I until this weekend. Greg and I were changing the light bulbs in our carriage lamps when I noticed the condition of our front entryway. The door was pitifully dirty, covered with cobwebs and dust and the porch was in desperate need of sweeping. We usually go in and out of the house through the garage, so our poor entryway had been neglected! Weeks of high winds from summer storms had blown woodchips from the flower beds into small mounds by the front door. The entryway just looked sad and unkempt and was certainly not welcoming.

After a good cleaning, our front door was happy again! It now stands proudly waiting to greet our friends, family and neighbors. The clean front porch is far more welcoming now that it was easier to navigate. Taking care of the routine maintenance of the entry way resulted in a pretty space that not only catches people’s eye but welcomes them in!

We’re just like our front door. Often people can tell just by looking at us if we are pleasant and welcoming or if the storms of our lives have made us unapproachable. When they are looking at you can they see through to your heart because of your transparent behavior or are you closed off and private? One thing that breaks my heart is when someone will say “I didn’t ask you to____because I know you’re so busy!” If I hadn’t been a closed door to them that said ‘I’m just too busy…’ then they wouldn’t have felt that way.

What if we felt that way with God? What if God greeted us with a closed off, unwelcoming attitude? Thankfully we serve a God who not only welcomes us, but longs for us to come to Him. He wants us to enter in and allow Him to teach and bless us. So what does your front door look like? Are you open and welcoming or closed off and unapproachable? Maybe we should give ourselves a little attitude clean up so that we can continue to be a blessing.

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

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