Have you ever noticed that the most beautiful things in life take extra work?
Take curtains, for example. I love curtains. There is something about their presence that makes a house feel like a home. I learned that from my mom twenty years ago. We were on evacuation status during the first Gulf War. We had been living in a group of dorm rooms at a seminary in Madrid, Spain, and we’d finally been given the chance to move into an apartment. We knew we wouldn’t be there long, but Mom insisted on decorating our rooms, complete with curtains. I know it made a difference for me – made me feel at home in that apartment, even if it was just for a few months.
Earlier in our married life, I didn’t put much effort into hanging curtains. In more recent years, though, I’ve been reminded what a difference it makes. So, this week I’ve been working to get curtains ready to hang throughout the house.
Most of the curtains transferred easily from the Monticello house to this one. The study curtains aren’t quite perfect in the tv/school room, but they work. The dining room swags will go in the living room. The bedroom curtains from our room and Olivia’s room need no alteration, and Steven’s simple curtains just needed to be cut in half so as to take the two curtains he had on his one wide window and turn them into four curtains for his two narrow windows.
Angela’s are the only ones that have to be made from scratch, considering this is the first time she has a room of her own. The curtains themselves are no big deal – a full size cream colored sheet cut in half and hemmed to make two curtains. But, she’s a prissy little girl who needs more than just plain cream curtains. I just can’t help but give her ruffles!!
Ruffles take a lot of work, especially with no pattern. It’s hard to know just how much material is needed. And, I hate gathering. Two rows of loose stitching. Then pinning. Then tightening and loosening to get the gathers just so. Then trying to sew through all of those gathers. It’s slow. It takes what could be a twenty minute project and stretches it into several hours of work. I always have at least one “oops” to deal with. It’s just annoying.
But it’s worth it, even if just for that extra little touch of beauty.
Beauty in our lives takes just as much effort. So often we want to find shortcuts and just get by with the necessary. But, God desires to turn us into so much more than just what is basically necessary to spend eternity with Him. He wants to restore in us the incredible beauty He created us to be.
But it takes extra work.
It is time consuming.
It takes more than just a few minutes a day.
In fact, it takes more than just a large block of time – it takes a lifelong commitment.
Will we put the extra effort into that beauty? Will we determine to not simply stop with the fact that we are saved? Will we put the extra effort into becoming a beautiful creation?
In the eyes of this world, the extra effort will be mocked and laughed at. But, in the eyes of eternity it will be amazing.
It will definitely be worth it.