“Oh, how I tried to have this home always tidy and a benchmark of decorating!” the newly-married Carol lamented as she pushed a canvas drop cloth out of the path through the sunroom. “But Martha Stewart has left the building!”
You might assume that her husband, Paul, had left the mess. Wrong!
While she and Paul had been dating, Carol had managed to keep her measuring tape, power saw, paints, and DIY projects under cover. He never saw anything from his fiancé’s home but the perfectly set table, polished floors, candles glowing in the living room, and a fire dancing in the woodstove.
“If only Paul knew what I’d gone through for him! Love is…Well, the romantic flames took two hours, 53 pinecones, paper, and a starter log to produce the cheery warm glow.” Her furnace worked just fine for keeping the house cozy.
But now that Carol and Paul married and lived in utter honesty, her DIY (Do It Yourself) projects peeked forth and showed themselves in all corners of living spaces.
Carol’s impression as a perfect Martha Stewart homemaker became fractured when Paul saw her projects and asked what she wanted for Christmas.
“Clothes? Jewelry?” he suggested.
“No, I have a better idea instead. I need a minute to put my thoughts together.” Nearly all of Carol’s wish list could be found at the local home improvement store. “A Porter Cable Christmas would be ideal,” Carol thought to herself, “but that’s like – in my dreams!”
“Let’s see,” she gingerly suggested, hoping Paul would accept her choices, “A cordless drill with two battery packs, not one; a drill bit set with all the pieces, router and router table (unless you let me use yours), portable sawhorses, and a gift certificate for the electrical supply store.” She paused to explain, “That’s because the inside of the shed is my winter project.”
At first, his face was frozen with shock. Then he smiled.
“Just so you know I’m still all woman, I like this coat, too,” she finished as she handed him a page from a catalog.
When Christmas morning came, Carol was surprised that nearly every package rivaled the free weights at the gym. A coat couldn’t weight that much! But inside was pay dirt! It really was a Porter Cable power tool Christmas! Paul had acknowledged that she wasn’t just a woman, but a competent DIY model.
Just as Paul accepted his bride as a whole woman, along with her projects and power tools, God celebrates our differences as individuals with gifts, skills and abilities. All together, we contribute to the His plan for us and to the body of Christ.
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all give the one Spirit to drink.” [1 Corinthians 12:12-13. ]
Jesus broke down the walls of prejudice from his time on in opening the door to Heaven to all. That happened because of his sacrifice and love for us. The Messiah came for everyone. Team Jesus includes everyone from all races and professions who accept Him as Savior.
Jesus loves each of us- –including the imperfect whose projects and drop cloths are evidence that Martha Stewart has left the building!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]