Big Blessings Can Come In Tiny Packages

I woke up, got my coffee and made my way to my chair. My little dog Itsy was already in the chair waiting for me. I sat down and stared at this tiny, delicate little creature. Then I realized what a blessing this little dog has been. Big blessings can come in tiny packages. Itsy is an unusual dog. She is not completely blind. She has some peripheral vision although limited. She is very particular about a many things. She has extra toes and well I could go on and on about her oddities. Yet she is a big blessing wrapped up in a 4 pound disabled dog. Who would have thunk it?

It has made me ponder the difference between how we portray ourselves outwardly and what is happening inwardly. How we portray ourselves outwardly is a mixture of how we behave, how we dress, our mannerisms, speaking and such. To be honest much of what is considered appropriate, acceptable, desirable and loving is cultural. Much of what we do outwardly is taught to us or we learn from observing others. Our outward appearance and actions is a way of expressing ourselves, and working with others.

The above is all outward expression. If you are an amazing actor you could act, and behave in any fashion. In many ways you are fulfilling a role. We often do this on a daily basis as we change roles from being a mother and wife at home to a professional at the work place to then a daughter of our parents, etc. We may changed quite a bit in our outward display of self within a single day.

So what does the inward self refer to? The inward self refers to our thoughts, emotions, feelings. For instance, if someone praises me for my art I can respond showing humility but if in my head I am thinking, “look at all my work, I’m the greatest artist to ever live, you should all worship me,” well that’s not very humble. I outwardly displayed humility but if inwardly I am not humble which counts? People judge us by out external appearance and actions. That is what they see with there eyes. That is what they understand. But God judges us based on what is inside.

You can live life portraying from the outside that all is perfect. You may be loved and accepted by many. But God sees the heart. You cannot trick God. Why did I say that my disabled four pound dog is a big blessing in a tiny package? From all external appearance she is the runt of the litter, with multiple congenital abnormalities, health problems and well not really normal. But it is not what is on the outside of her that makes her a blessing. It’s what is on the inside.

We cannot clean the inside of ourselves. Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit does the work. But we have to be a willing participant. We have to engage in allowing Jesus to work inside our hearts and minds to bring about change that produces holiness, purity and love.

“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence!” Matthew 23:25

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