Today I want to introduce you to Old Green. Who is Old Green? I’m glad you asked. Old Green is my beat up old minivan that I drive.
Before I go any further I have to say I can NOT believe I just typed those words. Yes I drive exactly what I vowed I would NEVER drive….a minivan! Not only is it a minivan but it is old, green, has hail damage and a dent(that I happened to put in it when backing out of our garage).
While Old Green is extremely functional she is just not nice to the eyes. However, my husband and I strongly dislike having car payments(thanks to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University) so since we own her we will drive her until she needs to be put down to rest(which I’m praying is sooner rather than later).
Over the years I’ve learned some valuable life lessons from driving Old Green that I want to swallow my pride and share with you today.
Our outer shell does not define us.
There have been many times that I hoped and prayed no one would see me drive up in Old Green. She doesn’t exactly represent me well. I’m a young(ish) mom, full of life, joy and fashion(so I like to think). But Old Green is, well, old. And beat up. And definitely not turning heads and making people go “wow I wish I had a car like that”.
But as I’ve reflected on old green I’ve actually grown to love what she stands for. Yes I wish I had a nicer, cooler car but in reality I love the fact that I have learned to be comfortable in my skin. How often do we rely on OUR outer shell to get us ahead in life? We think if WE don’t look the part then we bring no value or worth to the table. The truth is we are worth more than our good looks or a number on the scale. We are children of the most high God and He sees and loves what’s on the inside(our heart) the most of all.
The outer shell will eventually disappoint you.
As I’ve dreamed about retiring Old Green, God has began to speak to me about my identity. What will happen when the day comes that I trade in Old Green for a newer, prettier vehicle? Sure I will have a few days, or perhaps weeks, of excitement. But that excitement will soon fade. That newer version will eventually not be so new and I will find myself back where I left off, wishing to turn it in for something newer and prettier.
The Bible says in Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”.
Just like a new car’s beauty is fleeting so is our physical beauty. Ladies, I believe we are to steward our body and take care of it but it should not consume every waking moment of our days.
Today, before you make wishes about throwing out your body, or jumping on a yo-yo diet plan, stop and appreciate your body for what it IS. Thank God that you have breath in your lungs and legs to walk. Submit your heart and life to God and the fruit that will come is a beauty that radiates from the inside out.
And next time you see me cruising Main Street in Old Green be sure to give me an air fist bump. 😉