Lessons from a mountain home

My anticipation increased as I ascended the winding Georgia road. I was en route to a mountain home that, by all accounts, was marked by great southern hospitality and indescribable beauty.

The reality exceeded anything I could ever have imagined! I was not only embraced with a warm welcome and made to feel like royalty with the little kindnesses lavished upon me, but the magnitude and magnificence of the mountain that seemed to engulf me was breath-taking.

Yet neither of these are what stands out as I recall my time on the mountain. What has lingered in my mind is the design of the house—it was specifically and uniquely designed for one primary purpose: to showcase the mountain. And it did so brilliantly! Simply stepping through the front door provided an incredible panoramic view of the mountain’s grandeur. From the living room to the kitchen to the bedroom, every window had been strategically placed to magnify yet another aspect of the glorious mountain! 

The result? The house itself faded quickly from my memory, but the mountain it so masterfully framed remains forever engraved on my mind.

The Lord’s been reminding me that our lives were created for the same purpose. We are each uniquely designed to magnify only one thing . . . Jesus, and His glory, power, love, and grace. Everything we say and do is to serve only as a frame through which others see a clear picture of Him.

So I’ve been asking myself, “When people encounter my life what do they see? What will they remember?” Does my life display more about me–my circumstances, trials, accomplishments or defeats—than it does about Jesus and His redeeming, transforming power? What’s the lingering thought in the minds of those I rub shoulders with each day? 

As I’ve reflected on the lessons from that mountain home, I’m realizing a number of areas that need some major remodeling in my own life. Remodeling can be messy and often takes longer than planned, but the Master Carpenter knows exactly what is needed. Will you join me as I ask Him to do whatever it takes so that my life magnifies only one thing . . . Jesus! 

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! (Psalm 34:3)

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Carrie Gaul

Carrie Gaul

Carrie Gaul is a biblical correspondent for Revive Our Hearts.  She and her husband Dennis have two married children and are enjoying grandchildren.  Carrie has a deep love for God's Word and a passion to see women grow in ever-increasing intimacy with Jesus through the study and application of His Word. Carrie is the author of Joy in the Midst, a Bible study on Philippians.

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