Beauty comes from the manifestation of a servant's heart!!
How can a transformed and renewed chair speak so loudly to my soul about the essence of life?
Why does this small, seemingly insignificant act of kindness echo so deeply in the chambers of my spirit?
Because it's More than the Chairs.
Don't get me wrong. The chairs are awesome!!
But the love behind the beauty is humbling and inspiring to me in the deepest way.
So many times it's easier to just complain about the ugly, old chairs. You know, something like,
"Those old chairs have been there forever. They are ugly. Why don't we just throw them away? We need new ones!!"
But to take the time to imagine the beauty lying within them and do something to bring out the best in them is missed in the petty preoccupied process of our human tendencies. Or at least confessionally, I must admit, that's where I usually land, and if you are honest, that's where you land too!!
Honestly, in my own life, It's just easier to complain about the old chairs. Israel, God's chosen people, proved our human tendencies to "grumble and complain" when they were in the wilderness. And so I must admit for me (and others) it seems more common to complain than to be a part of the redemption process (positive change).
And so it is with every little part of our lives.
Yes....it is More than the Chairs.
It is "God's Way" to see the beauty in the broken, holiness in the lost and forgotten, and have mercy for the criminal hanging to your right on the cross. Much less to go as far as to invite him to be in paradise with you today!!
What does it take to be a kind and loving redeemer of chairs, people, places, and not a grumbling complainer??
A surrendered heart.
An obedient soul.
A DREAMER who can see beyond the broken old chair and imagine it as redeemed in beauty and serving a purpose beyond it current state of uselessness.
And then....then the COURAGE to humbly act (choose) to make a change even if no one knows about it.
Oh, follower of Jesus, if you so love the lost and broken, why do you spend so much wasted time talking about the problem and not the solution? What other reason can we find that would justify the shedding of His blood??
So today, when I am tempted to complain, dismiss, or throw away the old chair or brokenness of this world, may I pause for a moment and remember...
It's More than the Chairs...
Allow our hearts to be captured by the power of love, beauty, and redemption.
Except for the grace of God, I am that old chair.
Thank you Lord for seeing the best in me and now help me, by your Holy Spirit, to see the beauty and limitless possibilities in myself and others. Give me the strength and wisdom to be obedient in small, humble acts of kindness to redeem the broken that is within me and the broken that surrounds me in others.