This weekend we put our house up for sale. We had been working on it for about a month getting it stripped and tidy. Then, as proud owners who had made it appealing and showable, we put it on the market.
As hoped, there were a number of calls and showings scheduled. We allowed all prospects the run of the place, with the suggestion; that when they were finished; just come to us with their observations and questions.
The third group had just finished, and we had no idea as to what their reaction might be as they prepared to excuse themselves without further inquiry or comment. We asked; “What do you think?” trying to get some valuable feedback. The lovely young thing with babe in arms replied; ” The doggie door is too small”………… Say What?
We can imagine that there might well have been a more concrete objection, or that she may have just wanted to get a smile. She did, but it left me thinking……….. Hmmmm!
Since this is a Christian site, we might imagine a scriptural lesson might be in there somewhere that is worth sharing. When we think of buying into the idea of accepting the precepts of Christian life for the first time, many have said I’m sure; ” The door is too small”. The Lord offers; “The gate is small, the path is narrow”. It is not as if we didn’t know. It’s the big destination, not the entry way.
A prospective seller might just offer a wider “doggie door” and close the deal, but I doubt it. In all, it does provide an “out” for the prospect; however, since it might well be considered a ridiculous objection, and never be addressed. Case closed.
We must be careful as purveyors’ of , and dwellers in, the house of the Lord, that we deal with the most unrealistic excuses of those considering the idea of living there themselves. We must treat each one with respect and maturity. That’s why I suggested to her the easiest option; “You should just get a smaller dog”. This time; she smiled.
Somehow, I think that would not come close to God’s response. Please help me with a biblical answer to finish this post. I’m stuck. I’m not about to put in a larger door!
Neither is He.