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August 19, 2012

Accepted: Raw and Flawed

Tyler and I have a very similar taste when it comes to decorating…thank goodness. Before we moved in our new place, both of us had our TV’s mounted to the walls (above fireplaces). However, in our new home there is no fireplace therefore we needed a stand. Before we moved in together, between the two of us, we pretty much had everything we needed furniture wise. So thankful. The only thing we didn’t have was a TV stand and an end table. We decided to make a trip to Nebraska Furniture Mart. We love the no interest payment plans there. 


We arrived hopeful to find a TV stand. As we perused an extensive floor of entertainment centers and TV stands the search quickly ended in disappointment. Everything was beyond our price point, too traditional looking, and just didn’t fit “us.” (By the way, we are extremely picky. It takes us 15 minutes in the cereal aisle at the grocery store to make a decision on one box priced at $3.79.) We were ready to leave. On our way out, I convinced my husband to let me look at some lamps…not that I needed one…I just wanted to look. As we approached the area filled with AT LEAST 500 lamps, we noticed this little guy below perched up against the back of a couch. I know it isn’t a TV stand but it jumped out at us. It had this “industrial” feel to it, which we liked. The wood was rough, raw, flawed





Done. We had to have it. It was perfect. Price and all. We also bought the matching end table.



Whoops. 



I was sitting in church this morning and the pastor kept saying “love your enemies….love your neighbor.” There is something to say about loving those who are flawed and ultimately we are all flawed, yet Christ chooses to love us. After all, Jesus had a knack for running with the wrong crowd-at least in the eyes of the self righteous. Those who were religious believed that the righteous should associate only with those who are righteous. Many of the religious leaders with whom Jesus had contact were hypocritical and legalistic. It was easy for them to criticize Him for His involvement with “sinners.” 



Jesus entered Jericho and was passing though. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. [Most people saw him as a cheater and dishonest.] He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount. Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” -Luke 19:1-10



Love God with all your heart, soul and mind. Love your neighbor. Love the imperfect. Love the flawed. So, as I stare at this imperfect (yet perfectly marketed) furniture…





I’m challenged to look beyond the TV stand section, think outside the box, and realize that God uses imperfect people, like us, to fulfill His perfect plan. I am called to love the imperfect just as Christ loves me.


We love our imperfect TV stand. 


TJ

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