Tuesday, June 24, 2008

You Look Marvelous!

Last week we purchased a new (used) car for my daughter Molly. My wife was working in Monroe that day and she stopped at an auction on the way home. She called me and said there were a couple cars that looked promising. While the auction went on, I was on the phone with her and we were bidding. Well, we got a car and we got it for what we thought was an incredible price.

The next day when we went to pick it up, I was amazed. Even though the car had 105,000 miles on it, it looked fantastic. And we paid very little for it. I thought we got a steal.

On the way home, Molly and my wife noticed some funny noises coming from under the hood. We have since found out that the car needed 2 new tires, a power steering pump, a new tie rod, a switch in the rear window and a new EGR (whatever that is).

Believe it or not, I am not upset about this. After we spend the money to get the car back in shape, I still feel like we got a good deal.

But how similar is this to our own lives. We oftentimes look really good on the outside, but inside we have all sorts of issues. Our exterior is clean, but many times our heart is dirty.

Billy Crystal released a fun song a while back called "You Look Marvelous." In the song he tells us that our insides really don't matter, how you look is all that really matters. While this song is funny, there is not truth to it whatsoever even though many live their lives as if it were.

We may be able to keep our “issues” hidden for a while, but they will eventually come out in our actions or our words. So, rather than hiding behind that mask, why not get real and begin to allow God to clean up your heart?

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
Luke 6:45


Rick said...

Great post, Jim. It was about the time that I met you that God was working these very principles, transparency and authenticity, to in my life. Life is so much better when your inside matches your outside. :)

Rick said...

Oh, did you take the car to Wayne V.? If you didn't, you should.

Jim Lange said...

Thanks Rick! It was in that very men's group that I finally learned how to be authentic...at least more so than I was. You were a big part of that transition for me. Thanks!

Who is Wayne V?


Rick said...

Oops, sorry for the lag... Wayne Valentine. You MUST take all your vehicle issues to him. He's awesome! Not always expedient since he works on vehicles on the side, but very efficient and does things as cheaply as he possibly can. It's like a challenge to him to do things cost effectively. He's great at troubleshooting problems as well.

Rick said...

Example: If you had a shop/mechanic tell you it would take $1,500.00 to fix all Mol's car problems... he could probably do it for $500.00.