Reading: 3 John 2-4
My parents once bought a dry sink. My dad finished it in a cherry stain and the dry sink was part of the furnishings of my childhood home.
When we moved to a new house, my mom and dad decided to put the dry sink in the main bathroom. That bathroom was purple in color and my mom chose lavender accessories for that room. So that the dry sink would match the room, my dad painted over the cherry stain with lavender paint.
We moved to two other houses after that time and the dry sink mainly was used for storage in the basements of those homes. When I was out on my own, in my own apartment, my parents asked me if I wanted the dry sink in my home. I took it and decided to refinish it to match my kitchen furniture.
I got some paint remover and sandpaper and began the job. It was a lot of work removing the layer of purple paint and the layer of stain. But once I got the paint off and started to sand the wood beneath, I saw the beauty of this piece of furniture. I sanded the sides down until they were as smooth as a baby's behind. I was very proud of my work.
Finally, I restained the dry sink with an oak stain and added a layer or two of polyurethane. I also had the hardware cleaned up and bought new screws to fasten them onto the piece of furniture.
When I was all done, the dry sink looked like new. I felt such a sense of accomplishment. And then it dawned on me. This dry sink is like many people in the world. There is something very beautiful on the inside if you just take the time to remove the layers on the outside. Just as my dry sink was covered with paint and mildew, once I removed it, I found something beautiful underneath. So it is with many people. They may not look good from the outside, but on the inside they are something special.
You can't judge a book by its cover. You can't judge a piece of furniture by just its outer coating. And you shouldn't judge people just by how they look. Look into their hearts to see the type of person they really are. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Watch this video of the song "Inside" by Peter, Paul, and Mary.
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