Mentality of Curb Appeal and Why We Should Eliminate It

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Curb appeal.

When you are planning to sell your home, realtors and other experts will tell you to make it look fantastic on the outside and surface of inside, hiding defects from being seen.

We are told that we need to paint, landscape, lay down new sod grass if necessary and basically make the outside and inside as if everything is super and there are no issues and never has been.

Have you been involved in selling a home? I’ll let you in on a tidbit … this is not about real estate.

Curb Appeal

 

Curb Appeal

Examples of Curb Appeal

How many of us go for the curb appeal in our lives? I’ll take some liberty here to list some, so please offer me some grace:

  • Makeup
  • Nice clothing, maybe some revealing cleavage and/or too short in length
  • Tanned skin
  • Manicured nails
  • Hair colored and/or trimmed at a salon
  • Jewelry

Now, there’s nothing wrong with any of that as long as it’s modest and appropriate.

Everything looks good. Honestly, I’ve had times in my life where I was extremely concerned about leaving home without checking off the above list that everything was completed and I was presentable … curb appeal, anyone?

Isn’t that what people do today? Look good on the outside and surface, yet hiding the flaws under the surface of smiles and nice words they really don’t mean?

Outer Curb Appeal vs Inner Self

Of course, for me, making sure that I had the “curb appeal” in check did not in any way mean that the inner “curb appeal” was in check. In fact, it was filthy.

Nothing I did for the outside could change anything that was going on inside of me.  My heart was broken, battered and confused and we won’t even talk about what my mental state was like.

Curb appeal … nobody knew that my inner self was decaying. I was all painted up, smiled to hide the flaws and fooled everyone … even my parents and husband.

What’s my point in all of this? Your outer self will never mask the inner self. Are you dealing with curb appeal issues? Where is God in all of this? Do you hear anymore?

I’ll touch on one of the curb appeal list items above: clothing

God sees our bodies as holy, something to be respected.  If we are revealing parts of our bodies that should be covered … shame on us.  I used to do that myself.  God showed me the proper way.

Clothing today is very revealing.  However, you do not have to purchase those items.  There are alternatives, many online modest clothing sites. In addition, you can alter clothing and/or make them yourself to assure there is still the femininity but also the modesty.

I’m climbing on my soapbox ….

I don’t know about you, some of you may disagree, but there are jeans out there that someone is making a killing off of because they have a sequined flashy cross on the rear pockets. Sure, they’re pretty. But, when I see a woman with a pair of those on, it’s like the blue/white flashing lights of a cop car! Bam, bam as they sway.

Guys are physical, God created them to be that way. He also created them to be appreciative of the female .  If you or I are wearing something that is drawing attention to any part of our body, it should only be seen by our husbands … not the men of the world, nor the men in church.  Don’t buy them for your daughters, either, please!

Let’s not forget skinny jeans or anything like that, if you have them or buy them for yourself or your daughters, please consider from God’s perspective inappropriateness.

Oh, and another thing … tops with cleavage showing or teens & women wearing yoga pants or tight skinny pants!

There’s my soapbox … grace, grace!

1 Timothy 2:8-10 “I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self- control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.”

Curb appeal … when someone walks up to you, do they see the covering or do they see your heart?

I’m not talking about dressing up where only hands, feet, neck and head are showing.  I’m talking about keeping the parts of ourselves properly covered and not skin-tight nor flashy.

What’s the Real Reason For Your Curb Appeal?

The curb appeal that I want is not what the world wants.  So, what do I wear? Jeans mostly, although after having my hysterectomy 6 years ago, it appears I have turned into a woman because I want to wear skirts and dresses, and they are appropriate.  The tops I’ve had to make some adjustments to so they are appropriate.  Go figure!

What are your thoughts? We all want to look nice, there is nothing wrong with that.  But, if we are dolling up only when we leave the house, what does that tell our husbands? That you’re not taking the effort to look nice at home?

Think about that, ponder it, ask God about it. I’m also guilty in some areas … but, I want to please God and I want my husband to know that he is more important than any person.

Curb appeal … what’s your motive?

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