After a two-day trip away, my husband returned home. It was a snowy, wet night, and because the garage was full with two cars inside – mine and our daughter’s, he parked in the slushy driveway and stepped inside. His shoes dripped with the remains of the winter weather, so he stepped across the hardwood floor onto the dining room rug…the “pretty” rug meant for covering the floor, but not necessarily for wiping wet feet. I inwardly cringed, then asked,
“Could you not step on the dining room rug, but please leave your shoes on the mat by the door? I can throw the mat in the washer, but not the dining room rug.”
Immediately I knew I had said the wrong thing. He did as I’d asked, but the air was tense.
I thought through my words and realized I’d only said a brief welcoming statement and given a kiss before I’d made my housekeeping request. My timing wasn’t good. I asked him how I could’ve handled it differently, but the real truth came when I asked the Lord the same question in my quiet time the next morning. The Holy Spirit spoke this truth in my heart…
People are more important than things.
Okay, the rug got soiled; it’s a thing. It can be scrubbed or replaced. People cannot be replaced. What if my husband hadn’t made it back home? What if he had been one of the casualties of the winter weather? Would I care about the rug then? No. A herd of elephants could trample over it, and my aching heart wouldn’t have even noticed.
Getting up from my Quiet Place, I found my husband and told him I was wrong and asked him to forgive me. He did, of course and the issue was ended. But the lesson on my part was a worthy one. All people are more important than any thing.
Your children are more important than your good china, your unmarked walls or your straightened up living room.
Your neighbors are more important than your beautiful yard, your privacy or your down-time.
Your family is more important than your job, position or salary.
And yes, your husband is more important than your clean rug. It’s good for each of us to take a reality check and make sure our priorities are where they need to be.
Why? Because Jesus died for people – not things.
Do you find yourself making things more important than the people in your life? Ask the Lord to give you a right perspective and He will!