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Devotions from Baba's Front Porch: Curb Appeal - Tamara's Journeys

Devotions from Baba’s Front Porch: Curb Appeal

November 16th, 2016

A happy heart makes the face cheerful. Proverbs 15:13

We all know it’s wrong to judge a book by its cover, but folks still do it. That same is true for a house. Whether you are buying or selling a home, curb appeal matters. Overgrown lawns do not sell homes. That gutter up in the tree may be an interesting conversation piece but Susie home buyer isn’t going to be impressed. If the outside of the home is unappealing, most potential buyers won’t be willing to step inside and give it a chance.

The same is true for more than just books and houses. Sometimes Christians are known more for what we’re against than anything else. We can be quick to speak the truth about something, but too often we forget to do it in love. We need to remember that our conversations are to be full of grace. As Christ followers we need to learn to be passionate without being off-putting. The solution can be as simple as a smile.

Have you ever passed someone in the grocery store and had them smile at you? When someone appears friendly, you’re more likely to want to get to know them. A cheerful face matters. Now, I’m not suggesting that you be phone or walk around with a goody grim all day, but try to display a friendly demeanor.

A cheerful face tells passersby that you’re approachable. And when you’re able to exude joy even in the midst of difficulties, it causes people to ponder the source of that joy. So, remember, your smile is your curb appeal. A smile tells people that there’s something inside worth checking out!



  • dad says on: November 16, 2016 at 5:32 am


    So many basic truths…..to ignor. We each are a book, and we do each have a cover, of which some are more tattered than others. Have a good day. Tis a good that that grace is offered “free”.

    • Gary F. says on: November 16, 2016 at 8:14 am


      … and a man that has friends must show himself friendly (or he will lose the friends that he already has).

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