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Topic: Doors (04/05/04)

TITLE: "...and behind door number..."
By L.M. Lee
04/07/04

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could select the right door and your bright future lay open widely before you?

I often pray for this.

For the most part my life feels like that mysterious hallway closet. You know the one. Every bad choices, bad purchases, wrong decisions, mistakes and failure is thrown haphazardly in there, piled high on top of each other, the door slammed shut and hoping against hope, no one opens that door and every terrible thing you’ve ever thought or done comes barreling down on top of someone’s head, spilling out your past into the hallway exposing who you really are to the people you so desperately want to impress the most.

Ever been there?

Ever pray and hope that Jesus did some spring cleaning while you were out?

He can. He will.

But it is a joint venture. You must open the door. You must acknowledge the failures, the pain, the rejection, the hurt and hand each piece over to Him. Allowing Him to discard the items that are of no use and polishing the ones that form our character.

But it’s hard. It takes time. It is painful.

And most people won’t enjoy you during the process.

It’s okay, though. He won’t abandon you in the middle. Besides, all those other people have closet doors they’ve kept locked for years also. Only those who have been “cleansed” by the Lord can enjoy freedom from their past. Only those who have allowed their horrors to be exposed in the light of the Master’s smile, can the negatives of shame be dissolved and the distorted self-imaged erased.

Whatcha waiting for?

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock…”

Which door will it be?

© 4/7/04 Lissa M. Lee


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Melanie Kerr 04/12/04
I have a friend who is having a difficult time getting to grip with things from her past. I like the way you say that it is Jesus who starts the spring cleaning and doesn't abandon it half way through.

I enjoyed your perpective on doors.
Kenny Paul Clarkson04/13/04
Lissa, Very good article. I've got to say your title was equally as creative; shows the importance of the title, eh?

KPC

PS - Why two Ss [esses?] in Lissa?
L.M. Lee04/14/04
Kenny, you'll have to ask my parents.

It is Lissa, like Me-lissa without the "Me."

A long story goes along with it...maybe one day I'll write about it.
Violet Nesdoly04/15/04
Nicely written Lissa. I like the picture you draw of the closet door holding back all and sundry from the past. Many good thoughts in here. ~ Violet
Jeff Kindrick04/17/04
Thank You, Lord for the blessing of forgiveness, from You to us and from us to those by whom we have been mistreated. It removes such a burden when we allow the Light to shine on our past.
B Price04/18/04
very good. so many has this pile in thier live and you were letting them know how to handle it. Jesus..
YEt so many thinks JESUS will do it as they sit and do nothing.
YOU infomed them it a joint effort.
I could relate.