How’s Your Curb Appeal?

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

In one of my upcoming novels, a character says, “Sometimes we don’t see the things we’ve grown accustomed to.”

Such an observation works for the bad as well as the good, and I recently discovered how.

This summer we revamped the front of our house by removing an old, dry cedar hedge. If we’d known its removal would make such a drastic difference, we would have done it years ago.

However, we got used to seeing it.

So we didn’t really see it.

Nor did we truly appreciate the twenty-year-old spruce trees behind the hedge. Yes, they’re taller, but the overgrown hedge drew our attention, not the magnificent evergreens.

When we got rid of the ugly hedge, we saw the regal beauty of the spruce trees.

We didn’t eliminate the thirty-foot monstrosity without help. Oh, we could have chipped away at it a piece at a time but getting qualified people with the skills and necessary equipment to do the job was worth every penny spent and every ounce of frustration saved.

Since the big change, I’ve wondered if this elimination-beautification principal could apply to my personality or spiritual life.

How’s my personal curb appeal? Are there habits in my life that block people’s view of Jesus? What ugly irritant in my disposition draws their attention away from nicer aspects? What could I do without?

Christ-follower or not, how’s your curb appeal? Is there something that could be removed so others can see the real you?

If you sense the need for an update, don’t try to do it alone. Seek encouragement and help from people with the right skills and tools. Ask God to lead you to them, then trust that He will.

They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear … (Ezekiel 12:2).


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She paused in her bread-kneading, giving remorse opportunity to rise in her heart. It did not.  ~Mail-Order Misfire

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6 thoughts on “How’s Your Curb Appeal?

  1. Donna Ackermann

    Love this

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Donna.

  2. Lori Smanski

    This is a wonderful reminder. Thank you for pointing this out.
    Have a great Monday.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Lori, and you as well!

  3. So true!!!!
    And yes, getting professionals to remove hedges saves possible arrest warrants. I know this for a fact. NOT about the warrants…but about the removal. 😉

    1. davalynn

      Fabulous, Jennifer!


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