Peeling Paint

Last year through Easter, our front door was looking rough. Between the glass door and the heat, the paint was peeling right off. Plus, the door is made of metal, so underneath all the peeling paint mess was the beauty of a rusted door. Beauty being said sarcastically. Needless to say, between the front door and the faded shutters, the front of our house looked a mess. Every time someone would come over we would hear the same ole thing. “Hey, did you know the paint is peeling off of your door?” “Man, your front door looks rough.” “Your paint on your shutters is fading.” We have heard it all. The reason why we hadn’t done anything about it yet was because we didn’t really have the money at the time, plus we were trying to decide the colors we wanted to paint it. I wanted to go for something different, not the same old thing as before. It takes time to make sure you make the right decision, definitely to go with the color of our house.  Good Friday rolls around and I finally decided on a color. I wanted the front door to be a dark blue, and the shutters to be a grayish blue. We made it a family event and spent the whole weekend working together. Me, my husband, and both of my children  peeling paint, cleaning shutters, and repainting. I also redid the front steps, and repainted the rails, table and chairs in our front yard. After the repainting, I went and bought new cushions for the chairs. The front of our house looked beautiful. We were so proud of our hard work.  The only problem was, whenever someone came over, they didn’t notice. The same ones that pointed out and criticized the way it looked before, never noticed when it was fixed without me having to point it out to them eventually. I was thinking about this while driving home one day.  When you do something wrong, or you mess up,  even when you’re just seen out in public looking your worst, that’s what people notice. That’s what they point out. That’s how you are labeled. They don’t notice or talk about all the good you do, or how you always look great any other day.  They only notice you at your worst. Therefore, don’t ever worry about what others think of you. They will never notice your best. Most times, people only want to see you at your worst, because it makes them feel superior.  Only worry about what one thinks of you. He knows your true self, he never judges, and he loves you for exactly who you are.

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Mandy Vinson

I am Mandy Vinson and I am a singer/songwriter, author, blogger, and on occasion and dabble into poetry. I am a wife, a mother of two children and a child of God. My hobbies include playing games with my kids and spending time with my family, being outdoors, writing, playing guitar, and singing.

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