Recently, I’ve done some “outside-looking-in” on myself; sort of like window shopping. Would I like what the store has to offer so much that I’d open the door and go inside? Once inside, would I continue to like the way the store clerk treated me and the selection of merchandise?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not fully talking about outside physical appearance here, though, after nearly three and a half decades, I’m finally understanding that heading out like you just rolled out of bed may not present myself in the best light, but I’m really talking about the interactions people have with me. When I first meet someone and am talking with the person, am I more like the bakery or taxidermy? Am I being selective about who I am “sweet” to, perhaps to the person at the baker versus the DMV clerk? What does that inconsistency say about me (perhaps my level of selfishness)?
As people get to know me better, as they choose to open the door of my shop (I’m a bakery-lol), do they find a variety of sweets and savories fresh and ready or is the selection picked over, day old, stale and tasteless? Often I find it easier to be stale to my best patrons; those who continue to visit my store daily for their loaf of bread.
Heart check Window shop on yourself…what did you find?
Corinthians 4:16 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”