What you see is what you get

Photo credit: Miss Kristen
Photo credit: Miss Kristen

I never understood my friends’ obsession with Pinterest – until I signed up. It’s a visual black hole for any topic you can imagine from Grumpy Cat memes to DIY everything.

According to Pinterest, you can make just about anything. Have an old pallet? No problem. Transform it into a table. Have a couple planks? Make a headboard that rivals the cutest of Kirkland’s wood wares.

I’ve never been very handy, and I’m not proud of it. Something that would take the average person 5 seconds to put together will take me 15 minutes. God gave me brothers to compensate for my lack of ability and now, a roommate who can make or fix anything. (She wouldn’t like me saying that, but it’s true. I can’t get something to work, and she snaps her fingers like Mary Poppins or sprinkles on some pixie dust, and it’s done.)


A few weeks back, I found an old hutch at a thrift store, and a glimmer of inspiration occurred to me. The pixie dust must be rubbing off. I could make something beautiful out of that (with help).

My roommate sanded it; my brother primed it; and I painted it. (Group efforts are my favorite.) And now, it’s downright Pinterest worthy.

To many, it was just an ugly old hutch. Someone had to see its potential in order to realize it.


I recently heard a pastor say, “In order to love others, we must see value in them.” In other words, to love people the way God loves them, we have to see them through His eyes.

Yes, on the outside, many people look less than desirable. They snap at us or say something unkind. They speak crudely and offend us. Our gut reaction is to write them off and find better company.

We prefer our godly friends, our Christian circles, our church group. Nice people.

But Christ came to seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10). That category included you and me in the not-too-distant past.

Still, I’m not pretending that loving unlovable people is easy. It’s not. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not very good at it.

Yet every soul has value. Every soul needs the love of Christ and His salvation (Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8).

Maybe if we can learn to look for the value in others, we’ll find it and witness the power of God to transform lives.

Father, help me this week to see the soul’s price tag, regardless of how people look at face value. Help me be light in this ever-darkening world. Remind me that this world is lost just as I once was; yet You saved and loved me, not because I deserved it, but because You saw value in me. Help me see the value in others, and surprise me with what You can make of less-than-perfect subjects, including myself.

~ Miss Kristen


4 thoughts on “What you see is what you get

  1. The hutch is beautiful. I have a secretary that was my great-grandmother’s. It was almost black with layers of wax and dust. It took a lot of hours and a lot of elbow grease, but it came out very nice. We use it as a bar. It holds Jim’s mug collection and in the bottom the bottles.

    The rest of your work is inspiring.


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