Your Home Address
Your Home Address
Mar 30, 2017
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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The address read 1401 Oakhill Street as I pulled my car over to the curb and read the address once again. There in my own handwriting on the crumbled paper spelled the letters, “1401 Oakhill.” My eyes scanned the home; the exterior condition told a story – a story I wasn’t sure I wanted to know.
Paint was curling off of most every board and window. The house had acquired a collection of colors smeared across the front door appearing like a muted rainbow or possibly a mean prank by kids in the neighborhood. The windows on both sides of the front door had glass missing and the screen door was absent its screen. I was to pick up a young lady for a blind date arranged by my closest friend. I began to wonder if this was some sort of cruel joke – surely this was not a young lady I was prepared to meet. Or was I?
Next to the name given to us at birth, I believe our home and more specifically our home address often defines to the world who we are. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. How often do we see our fellow man much like the house described above? We make judgements based on the exterior of a man or woman, without giving any consideration to what God has created on the inside.
Our Lord reminds us of the dangers of being quick to judge others by their exterior appearance. The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
The Bible stresses the importance of your home. In fact, it’s so important that the Bible references our homes over 25 times. Home is where we live out and teach the commandments. Home is where we may often hear for the first time, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Home is where we rest, where our tired bodies receive nourishment. Home is a place to give thanks and praise to the “Builder” of our homes.
Did I have the courage to pick up my blind date? I will keep you in suspense and leave that story for another day. One thing I did learn from 1401 Oakhill street is that God is going to make something or someone you thought wasn’t important a game changer in your life. Always remember each day is a miracle unearned, a gift from God. What a joy we have to greet this day with Him as our partner.
My Thought for Your Day
“Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'” Mark 10:27