"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ---John 14:6
Friday, September 13, 2019
The Polka-Dot House (And What It Taught Me)
" ... and make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands..." ... 1 Thessalonians 4:11
Way back in the 80's, Tom, Naomi and I lived in Chester, CA, a tiny-ish mountain town.
One day while driving to the post office, I pointed then told Tom, "Look! Why are there polka dots all over that house? Well, paper plates anyway."
Tom glanced over, then smiled and said, "Oh, that's the ______'s house. They repainted it last week and I heard some of their neighbors complained about the color. Told them they should paint it over. So, ha! Looks like the _____'s are showing them."
Oh my. How I admired their spunk! And personally, I adored the new paint color. (Can't you just hear the owners' line of thinking? "So they don't like our color choice? Maybe they'd prefer it with polka-dots.") ツ
Recently their son posted an old photo of the house at a Chester Facebook page, so here you go--
Hey. It's one thing to form an opinion, but to wait till your neighbors finished painting then feel it's acceptable to walk over and say you hate the color? That they should pay more money to paint over it?
Wow. (And no, there wasn't any official homeowners association involved.)
Lesson #1: Like the Bible says, we should mind our own business. Do what God gives us the freedom to do and allow others the same privilege.
As we rode down the street, I recalled the times people tried talking me out of what I truly wanted to do. Of the decor, books, music, art, etc., I personally preferred.
Lesson #2: Don't let outsiders make you feel your tastes are wrong or trivial. Personal taste is so very subjective and God designs each of us with a unique combination of desires, dreams and callings. You know, for this reason--
" ...for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." ... Philippians 2:13
Something else? All these decades later many folks on that Facebook page said they recalled that polka-dot house. They'd even repeated this story to friends in various states.
So today I'll leave you with this--
Lesson #3: People often remember boldness and uniqueness. Bravery to stand alone for what you believe is like a bright light in this darkening world and oh Honey, how we need more Light.
Much more Light so to help others find the godly way they were created to travel.
True, it's not a simple thing to stand alone, but oh my, the afterward of obedience is always worth it.
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15