Are you like this ugly, old green rocking chair? Do you need help? Do you want a fresh start in life?
Don’t you wish it were this easy to change yourself? Just run to the store and pick up what you need … and poof … a new, improved you!
Wouldn’t it be great if one afternoon of work on your soul could be guaranteed for 10 years to look great? Ok, maybe you’d need two coats of paint like me and my old rocking chair, but at least you’d still feel remade for the next decade.
Even though our lives don’t change as easily as my estate sale rocking chair, we have what we need to change if we believe in Jesus. It’s even better than my restoration job on this chair because:
- We don’t even need to get in the car and go somewhere to get it.
- It doesn’t cost anything, it’s free!
- It lasts for eternity (that’s forever and ever, folks).
If you want to be restored, if you want a new start on life, if you want to look different, you only need to cry out to God for help. You just need to say, “Jesus, I believe in You. Forgive my sins and become my Lord and Savior. I turn my life over to you” … and poof! You are a new creation.
But, the only thing about a life restoration project is that is begins slowly. A small, still voice in your soul. And the changes begin on the inside and take some time to become visible to others. In fact, most of the time, I feel like the first picture – halfway done, with all of my ugly green still showing. Ugh.
If you still feel like a mess, you might be a Christian!
The fact that your restoration project is ongoing is proof of the Holy Spirit in your life. Feeling like you have things about yourself you need to change is just God working on you. The sandpaper hurts y’all!
Let God finish His work in you so that you can be beautifully restored and bring glory to God.
If you feel discouraged in this area, read Psalm 30. A few of my favorite verses are:
- O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me (verse 2).
- For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning (verse 5).
- You have turned for me my mourning into dancing (verse 11).
God is not finished with us yet ~ O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever (verse 12).
Is God painting you a new color? Or, are you in a “sanding” season?