Contemplations

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Adventures in Remodeling

Easter, filing income taxes, and remodeling have all kept me from blogging like I would like lately.
Deb and I are redoing the family room. Yes I admit, my wife asked me to do it. I put one too many holes in the carpet last winter by forgeting to put the fireplace screen back on. "First God created the earth, then he rested...Then he created man, then he rested...Then he created women and no one has rested since!" (Anonymous)

We've taken up the old flooring, did some repairs to the walls and are getting ready to paint. After we paint we'll decide on what type of new flooring to install. Then Deb wants to shop for new furniture. (Look out thrift stores, here we come. I'm not cheap. I'm thrifty.)

Remodeling always seems to take more time and effort than you planned. But you envision how beneficial the changes will be so you invest yourself in the project. Without making changes your surroundings become outdated and uninspiring.

Same could be said of the spiritual life. Without occasional change our spiritual self gets outdated and lethargic. God offers fresh and invigorating spiritual truth but we must invest the time and effort to remodel ourselves.

The end result will be well worth the effort, even if it takes more time and effort than we envisioned.

I'm thinking about what room of my life needs a faith facelift and I challenge you to do the same. I'm leaning in the direction of trusting God more with the results of my life.

At midlife I look at what little I've accomplished (except for my family, for which I am extremely thankful) and at what I long to do for God and I worry too much about the results. I must remind myself daily that God is the builder and I work for Him. I will keep trying to utilize the right kind of building materials, follow His blueprints, and let Him inspect my work, but I will not be disheartened by my limited perspective of "results."

1 Comments:

  • At Friday, April 20, 2007 1:57:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I think you hit the nail on the head... when you said you are not going to be disheartened by your limited perspective of "results". I know most of us have no idea of how influencial we are in the lives of others. I can speak from my heart when I tell you that without a doubt you have made a difference in my life, spiritually and otherwise. I also don't feel very alone in that respect. Even before I met you I had heard enough good things about you, Deb and Pathway Church to fill a small book, but, I found out after meeting you that all I had heard didn't even get close to doing you and your ministry for God justice. Keep up the good work. There are still plenty of us out here that need help understanding where we are, where we need to be and most importantly how we can get to where we need to be. Thank you.

     

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