Life is the building of a house.
The foundation of my parents’ involvement
The walls of the choices I make and the values I choose to follow.
The roof of the people I allow near me…to guard me
The door of my God who I want as the main attraction in my life.
And then there are the decorations. Everything inside.
What furnishings do people see when I am near them? Are they comfortable on the chair I choose to converse with them? Do they like the food of thought I prepare on a plate? Do they stub their toe against a rock on my lawn or can they relax on the grass which allows them to just be? Do I want them to be comfortable? Or am I the type of person who wants to bring a challenge all the time? No right or wrong…just my choice of what I want to leave in theit minds…
But I’m getting to a very particular decoration. The paintings against my wall. My stories…my experiences.
Someone recently left my life. It was sad…yes, I was heartbroken…because the beauty of what was, was beyond precious to behold and difficult to let go of. But “move-on” I had to…because he wasn’t coming back and I had to look after myself.
I could have taken an easy route…: put the face of this one I loved on the floor of my house and paint over it with a new face…as if it never was. Start from a corner and destroy the colors and contours of this great being.
But I didn’t want to. That would have been worse in the long run. Why? Because the time he spent in my building was precious…why forget it? He invested in my life? Why not acknowledge it? It was beautiful while it lasted, so why destroy it?
So I did this:
On a canvas I will put your face
the life you lived with me for short
And honored on a wall inside me
your picture will now resort
I will paint over no face, I will deny no hand in my life. Value there came with every person who crossed my doorway…and in honoring that…I live with no regret.
And every person after him who enters through my door…I will tell the story with love and appreciation…and my the painting bless and inspire them…as it will always bless me.
…to them that love God all things work together for good…