Well. For the past 6 months Tom and I have played the most ridiculous game. It's called What Are Those Neighbors Doing Now?
An easy game to play--you just look out the window and make assumptions about what's going on with the family across the street.
Good gracious. We've tried to put that game away, hide it in the closet, (so to speak), but we still drag it out for the sake of curiosity and er, fun.
"Hmm.... This isn't Spring Break, yet I know they're gone for the week. What about their kids and school?"
"Wonder where they went? Must have been one of those huge amusement parks. Their kids seem the right age for that."
"Did you see there's another new car over there? A different one this time. Do they rent them? What's up with that?"
"And their truck is still there this morning. Do you think he rode his motorcycle to work today?"
"Wow. I don't believe I've ever seen them walk at a normal pace. They're always practically running. They must be in good shape... or always in a hurry."
Good grief. (Yes, I'm hanging my head in shame...) :)
But you know? I'm pretty darn certain the whole neighborhood is watching Tom and me like that, too.
And if I'm right? Well, I soo desire that they--somehow--see God in us. That they watch us trying our best to keep our yard up (but no, not being obsessive about it) and that they note we're not noisy-stereo folks, gossipers, hermits or screamers, either (heaven forbid). I hope that when they see us interacting with each other outside, they can tell we still love and respect one another.
Because the world is watching us, you know. All of us. And may they see much good fruit of the Spirit sprouting up all over the place. And desire to grow that fruit for themselves.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." ... Galations 5:22,23
In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven. ... Matthew 5:16
I've added more twig planters since you last saw them.
Do you love that top photo for this post, or what? :) In reality, they were watching the wonderful ice skater, Sonia Henie perform, which I think is sweet. Sonia's autobiography actually created in me a new love for autobiographies at age 17. I've never forgotten that.