Please, wait to judge me …

“What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition.” 1 Peter 3:4

My general contractor son, Michael, and I are in the planning stage of giving my Arizona house a facelift. It’s a 43-years-old block-and brick-framed home. Many of my neighbors have covered their homes in stucco and removed the rot iron trim popular in the 1970’s. The previous owners made little or no improvements to the home, and I wonder if it is worth the extra money to upgrade it or just paint it and sell it “as is.” Michael says, “Mom, curb appeal is important for selling a home.” And, reminds me if I decide not to sell it, I would enjoy the updated look for years to come.

If street appeal is important for houses, how important is street appeal for people? This morning if someone were to knock on my door, I would greet him or her in workout attire(an incentive to get to the gym), no makeup, and my Phyllis Diller-morning hair.

It is said, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I’ll add or a house by its curb appeal or a person who just climbed out of bed. Inside my home, you’ll find 1650 square-feet of lovely tile flooring, a completely remodeled kitchen and two bathrooms. And, as for me, if you come back in another hour, I’ll look like a whole new person.

Lord, let us not judge outward appearances before discovering what’s going on inside. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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