March 11, 2011

Knock, Knock

I'm writing at Internet Cafe Devotions today. I hope you read on and join me over there. I'm still pondering my "Haiti series" and hope to start posting next week. Stay tuned...

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
(Revelation 3:20)

If it’s true that a front door is a home’s smile, then mine is frowning. Dull, dinged and drafty, my door has seen better days. My husband and I decided it was time for a new one.

Hooray! I cheered and embraced the search process. I scoured the internet, pored over catalogs and talked with sales people. We talked to friends and examined every front door in our neighborhood.

Still I’m even further from making a decision than when I started. Who knew there were so many choices? Solid or glass? Elegant or understated? Steel or fiberglass? Double door or single with sidelites? Dark or light color? I have made up and changed my mind dozens of times.

My husband has patiently listened to my many door iterations. But last week when I presented my latest idea—and then changed my mind the next day—he jumped off my crazy train called indecision.

“I thought we’d made a decision,” he sighed.

“I don’t know. I’m still not sure.”

Not that I know what I’m looking for, but I know I need a vision to move forward. It’s just the way I am. Plus this really is a big decision. A front door is expensive and it sets the tone for what’s inside. It’s where your home puts its best foot forward. And I don’t want to misstep.

A while back I was a newer Christian and everyone was buzzing about finding their purpose—the thing that God had put them on earth for.

“What’s your purpose?” others asked.

“Uhh, I don’t know,” I replied.

Honestly I don’t think I’d ever seriously considered the question before. But, since I was committed to growing as a Christian I figured I should put “finding a purpose” at the top of my to-do list. [Read more...]

1 comment:

Sue J. said...

That's a gorgeous door you picked out for the story.... :-)

If we had to boil our lives down to a single purpose, it would be to live as a child of God. How that child develops depends on God's direction, knowing that each is an individual and will not grow in the exact same way. I wonder how many folks have misunderstood that concept of purpose (especially in light of the book series....)?

Thank you for your clarifying devotional and pointing us back to Him! ("A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?" --Proverbs 20:24)