I’ll never forget the day we moved into our country home where we are now. It had just been finished being built! We were moving into our very first brand new house!
It was surreal.
I wasn’t moving into someone else’s mess or used home that needed work – this one was new and perfect!
We had many strong men helping us on move-in day lifting, carrying and lugging all our possessions into our new abode. One kind man set down a box in my kitchen and I began to slide it closer to the place where it would be unpacked. His response echoes in my ears even today:
These hardwood floors will scratch up even by a box being slid across them; you better lift that instead.
I followed his wise advice, fearful of causing some imperfection to come to my new and perfect home.
Those words guided the careful application of pads to every chair, table, foot stool, and anything else that was going to be rubbing across the hardwood. I couldn’t stand the thought of a scratch ruining the looks of my perfect kitchen, hallway or living room.
But alas and alack, over the four years that we have been here, it has happened. What would that man say if he could see where a can of green beans fell in my pantry and dented the floor there on a day when I was preparing a meal? Or the heels that have walked across the planks causing scratches, or the other little nicks and bumps that have happened just because people live here, visit here, eat here, spill here, and do life here?
Perfection isn’t a word that would describe my home, but I’m good with that now. I’ve come to see those scratches as reminders that people are more important than my perfect standard. If we lived here alone there would be far less imperfections, but oh, the blessings of belly laughs, happy shedding of tears, playful frolic, nurturing visits, prayerful conversations and loving of souls that we would have missed!
Thank you, sir, for your good advice. I’m grateful you shared that with me – I really am. I’ll keep the pads in place and care for my home as a gift from the Lord, but when the marks are added to the hardwood, fingerprints to the glass, or smudges on the walls, I can smile instead of grimace at the happy remembrance of the people that have helped make memories – not imperfections.
Last week when I mopped the floor, I saw a scuff on the floor and started to sigh, but then was reminded of the truths that God has been teaching me about living more for people than perfection. Instead of sighing, with every stroke of that Swiffer, I thanked God – by name – for the different people who had been in our home. It made my heart so happy – happy for my perfectly wonderful memories made in my imperfect home.
Do you ever get caught up in wanting your home to look perfect, and feel frustrated that it isn’t? People are more important. Look at the people, instead of the imperfections, and you’ll have the freedom to use your home to glorify God!
Refresh your heart about your home.