In the Urban Dictionary: “Polishing a turd” is defined as;
“To fix, repair, repaint, shine or do other things to something that isn’t worthy – but you have to do it for one reason or another. Because the basic fact is no matter what you do to a turd – polish it, paint it, give it bling – it’s still a turd, and there is nothing you can do about that underlying fact.”
I apologize that I put the word “turd” into this article. I hope that doesn’t drop my IQ level a few points in your eyes. It’s just that this statement best describes how I feel as I attempt to clean my house today. The bottom line is that I am a messy person. My room…. My car….. My office…. The dishes… the house in general…. LIFE in general. I’m creative and I hear that it’s common for people like me to be messy.
Beyond the creativity, there is another root cause to my madness. Those of you who know me might want to gently smack me…. But here it is….
The way I want things like my room, house and life to look will probably always be just out of my reach.
If you’ve looked into the window of my life you’ll know that’s a pretty bratty thing for me to say. My house is amazing and so is my life… I am WELL aware of that! I probably choose thoughts of thankfulness and contentment more often than most people, but the truth is… it’s sometimes hard to clean something that I’m not fully content with. The thought of “what’s the point, it will never be perfect” often wins. Who knew there was a messy perfectionist lurking within me?
Even if the way I wanted my house to be decorated wasn’t out of reach financially, it would be out of reach emotionally. There’s something in me…. And there’s something in you too that will never allow us to be fully satisfied.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that “…He has set eternity in the hearts of men.”
There is something in us that longs for more. Something in us inherently rejects consistent and long-term satisfaction. That new car or house always comes with a “satisfaction expiration date.” Complete fulfillment can be found in Christ, but the only place of complete satisfaction will be in Heaven…. so we can stop looking to the next “thing” to make us happy here on Earth.
The reality of Heaven is how I make it through the disappointments of life. On my best day, I have the thought of, “It will be even better than this.” On my worst day- “Thank God it will be better than this!” I intend to live the abundant life to the fullest, but even that will leave me wanting more at times. It’s designed to.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
My heart longs for a heavenly home… but I have to choose to “set my mind” there. If I had the vacation of a lifetime planned I would think about it often. On a bad day I’d be counting the days till I go to Tahiti. As my car refuses to start in -6 degree weather, I’d be picturing myself brushing my teeth while standing on a glass floor- watching a yellow fish swim underneath my feet.
Heaven will be a place of deep fulfillment, lasting joy, unmatched security and unshakable relationships. Things of this earth cannot compare no matter how much we polish it, paint it, or give it bling. Next time you are unsatisfied or discontented, use it to fuel your excitement for Heaven! I’ll promise to do the same as I ask God to help me “fix, repair, repaint, and shine” my blessings even when I’m not fully satisfied with them.