The Guest List

Some of you have heard me tell this story, but during a week of naming traits, remembering blessings and jotting down unique lists, I think it works. About five years ago, I had the privilege of spending a week on the set of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. When it aired, I remembered the feeling I had when that family first answered the knock at the door, then came back a week later to a brand new house. Talk about gut-wrenching! Someone they never expected came into their world and freely gave them something they couldn't afford on their own. He saw where they lived and said you don't have to live here anymore. As I stood and watched the process, I couldn't help but think of Jesus. Just like we did for that family, He knocks gently, anxiously awaiting our answer. But rather than calling for a wrecking ball, He does the unthinkable: He moves in. Instead of a hammer, He carries a suitcase. He gives us something we could never afford on our own -- Himself -- saying we don't have to live here anymore, alone.

–-Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: In a week spent celebrating and listing the gifts He's given us, I know full well that my greatest trait is my dependence on Him being home. Indeed, my life's highest meaning is my heart's manifest. End of story. As I type, I think it's neat to think that my guest list is yours. Have you enjoyed this week's theme? Has a look at your personal blessings and gifts helped shape your week physically or spiritually? Talk to me.

He gives us something we could never afford on our own -- Himself -- saying we don't have to live here anymore, alone.


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