Monday, March 16, 2009

nothing to hide

I don't know why I dislike curtains so much. It's something like a kid's "why make the bed?" mentality: I'm going to sleep in it again tonight, so why make it this morning? We scurry around closing curtains at night only to scurry around opening them the next morning. We have some thin little cotton curtains in the living room which Bill dutifully closes at night. It mildly annoys me to have to open them in the morning. Why not just leave them open all the time? We rarely use that room.

Maybe I'm just not a very private person. The rooms on the back of our house have no window coverings whatsoever. So day and night, our neighbors can see us fixing dinner, eating, working at the computer and watching TV. I have nothing to hide so it's fine with me if the neighbors want to watch. The bedrooms and bathrooms are another story.

Some people say faith is a private thing. But God teaches us to be "salt and light" in the world. I haven't figured out how to sprinkle salt or shine God's light if I have the curtains of my life drawn shut. The world needs to see me and how I live.

When others catch sight of me, I hope they will see a fallen, imperfect person loving and following a perfect God. That's about it. Simple. Curtains open. Or better yet, no curtains at all.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl....let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6


Lisa said...

I just had to share our lenten scripture.....we all rec'd salt shakers at church with this scripture from the message on it. "Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God flavors of this earth. Matthew 5:13

I agree we should have nothing to hide. :)

Anonymous said...

If we each had curtains we couldn't have those neighborly little chats through the diningroom windows.

Nothing to hide at all.

DandJHaller said...

Very interesting (and unique) perspective, Mom. Most people like their privacy, but I think you're right that if we have nothing to hide, we should let others see the way we live as a witness.