June 20, 2014
Secondhand shopping hones your ability to see something that others may not—potential. The ability to see something not for what it is but instead for what it can be is a great gift. If I . . . bought the five-piece furniture set with matching lamps for each room in my house, it wouldn’t really be worth mentioning. . . . If I piece together hand-me-downs and create a beautiful space, well, that’s something special. I want to challenge you to start looking at things—and people and situations—for what they can be, not what they are. I think you’ll find treasures in all aspects of your life, treasures that have been hiding right under your nose. . . . I’ve always loved the fact that God sees potential in each of us, no matter how big we’ve messed up or how broken we are. Isn’t it awesome that we can take that example and do the same thing—not only in castoff furniture, but in others and even in ourselves? I’m incredibly thankful for potential. It means that in the right hands, the ordinary can become extraordinary. The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” —1 Samuel 16:7 Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people. —Luke 1:68 I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God. —Job 19:25–26 From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening © 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission. Order your copy of this new Women of Faith devotional now.