My husband Sid researches everything. His favorite pass time in the evening is kicked back in the recliner, I-Pad in hand reading about all sorts of interesting things. Not feeling well, he can find the cure. Plants on your deck not looking healthy, he’s got it. Having trouble sleeping, he has the answer to help you sleep like a baby. I could go on and on. His latest interesting find is regarding his Levi jeans. Did you know that if you wash Levi jeans inside out, they will keep their color and last longer? Yeah! Now Sid is the king of Levis. He wears them literally every day of the week, even on Sundays! Now ladies jump ahead with me here. The Levis go into the clothes hamper inside out which means that they go into the washing machine inside out which means they come out of the dryer inside out which means I must turn them right side out. I have to put my arm down each leg and grab the end of the leg and pull the right side out. Not an easy task. And just to show what an issue this is for me. Seven days in a week means seven pairs of Levis times two legs on each pair equals fourteen legs that I must pull out! Our youngest daughter Tiffany was at the house the other day and I was venting about the whole jeans dilemma and she looked at me rather matter of fact and said “The way it comes out of the dryer is how it goes in the drawer. That’s the only way that I can train D.E. (her husband) to turn his socks right side out when he puts them in the dirty clothes”. To which I said “HUH!” I guess I trained my daughters better then I thought I had.
The other day however as I was folding the jeans, I began to think about this. We should feel a real urgency about working on the inside so that the outside will wear longer. The inside should control the outside. Sometimes it means that we literally must turn ourselves inside out. We should never be afraid to share our hearts or show compassion. Passion and our heart are what controls our actions. It is what compels us to move! What does your inside feel like? How long has it been since your eyes have filled with tears? When was the last time that God woke you up in the middle of the night with a vision for what something could be? In the next few days pray for a passion. What is it God that you desire from me? Does my inside look the way that God wants it to look? Share your love for missions. Be the catalyst that gets things moving in your church or among your women’s group.
We serve a God who is full of mercy and grace. There is a wonderful song by Hillsong, and the lyrics go something like this
“A thousand times I’ve failed still your mercy remains. And should I stumble again still I’m caught in your grace”. (
Psalm 16:9 says “
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety”.
Allow Him on the inside and others will begin to see the change on the outside. It is never too late.