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Dream House with a View

This year when we walked into our new Louisville townhouse for the first time, I was delighted to find cathedral ceilings with skylight, as I have admired for years, plus a deck to relax on. Sharon was excited to see a fireplace and a garage; Bekka to have a basement apartment all to herself. Making it even more special was the fact that friends had picked it for us, knowing we would love this place.

This year when we walked into our new Louisville townhouse for the first time, I was delighted to find cathedral ceilings with skylight, as I have admired for years, plus a deck to relax on. Sharon was excited to see a fireplace and a garage; Bekka to have a basement apartment all to herself. Making it even more special was the fact that friends had picked it for us, knowing we would love this place.

Of course there were things we loved about our old rent: the spacious green expanse of the backyard, the “Great Room” painted in Old Colonial colors, with fireplace and large mirrors, plenty of space and extra rooms. However, just before we moved we were reminded why it was not so enjoyable: overflowing toilets, mouse in the kitchen, cold rooms and moisture. We grieve the lovely and leave the negatives gladly.

So it is with life. Someone is building your Dream House for you. “What? Without consulting me?” you ask. Not exactly. The Designer and Builder knows you intimately, and you are sending Him the building materials right out of your own experience.

Jesus said, “Don’t worry. I am away for a while, but I am preparing a home just for you. In My Father’s House are many mansions. If I’m gone, it’s just to get one ready for you.”

Paul said, “At the end of life, everything we have done will have to pass a test. Is it eternal or not? Some of our thoughts and accomplishments will go ‘Poof’ in a puff of smoke, like dry grass or kindling. Other dreams and deeds will be exposed as shiny, enduring gold, silver and precious gems. These are the ones the Designer asked us to create by agreeing with Him about the things that needed doing.”

Today are you challenged to be patient? It will pay off. Your are building granite and marble into your living room. Are you moved in your gut to help out someone in need? Do it and add some golden flowers to your balcony. Is your spirit longing to talk with God? He is moving you, because He cares and wants to communicate. Let Him know how you feel and what kind of person you want to become. Light up your bedroom: today a prayer closet, tomorrow your mansion.

Think of it like the birthday present you always wished for and Someone knew it and went to great lengths, moved heaven and earth to get it for you. You are the present that God wants to shape so you and He can be proud. His Son, Jesus, is the master Craftsman. He took the ugly parts of you with him when he died on the Cross and created a New You that will be revealed bit by bit here on Earth, but will bust out in glory when you get Home to Jesus. The master Craftsman is building your perfect house with the materials you supply. Your eyes will light up when you see it, bursting out, “That’s me!”

Today put your confidence in the master Craftsman. If you need his New You, ask him. Lay down the Old You and accept his gift and his handiwork. If you have unfulfilled dreams, that’s because this Earth is not good enough for you. Father and Son are building you and building you a home that fits and will give you pleasure forever. You will never be bored with the New You and your Dream Home with a view.

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