Since we’re a week into January, it seems fitting to bring up the new year’s resolution topic. It’s really common to hear about the various resolutions people make, at the beginning of a new year: get out of debt, lose weight, get in shape, etc. Most of the common resolutions are noble and worthy goals, but they frequently evaporate with time, pressure, distractions and / or crises.
Maybe what we need instead of resolutions is a revolution. Maybe we are too content with a incremental change rather than fundamental transformations. Perhaps our problem is that we want window dressing but not a domestic overhaul. It seems to me that we often settle for shallow, frothy and superficial changes when God is waiting to entirely renovate, redeem and transform us. Perhaps we should put away the notion of resolutions and fully embrace God’s holy revolution 🙂
When I was growing up, I remember that my dad really enjoyed fixing up antique furniture. He would get something for cheap from a garage sale that looked like it should’ve been taken to the dump. He would bring it home, whip out the ultra-toxic, highly noxious & uber deadly furniture stripper, don his invincible, thick, industrial grade rubber gloves and begin to turn the trash into a treasure. After getting all of the garbage stripped off the wood, he’d sand down the furniture and get out some furniture glue to put together any broken pieces very gently with furniture clamps and then oil the treasure so that it was entirely transformed. In some ways, my dad was a magician. But in other ways, he was very incapable. He couldn’t do cars, electrical lamps and plumbing to name a few.
Thankfully, our heavenly Father is in the all-around fix-it business. He takes all of our brokenness, strips away the corrosive veneer we accumulate to cover the ugly, he sands down and smooths out the rough spots and more. One of the things I love about our heavenly Father is that He is the ultimate Master Craftsman. There’s nothing broken that He can’t fix, there’s nothing ugly that He can’t redeem and there’s no one so dysfunctional that He cannot transform. Nothing is impossible with our Creator! 🙂
Do you need a makeover?
I’m currently in Johannesburg South Africa doing something with Saving Moses that is beyond cool: daycare makeovers! We are doing 3 makeovers in a shanty town on the outskirts of J’burg. In this shanty town, the houses are made of corrugated metal sheets or former shopping containers. What is totally amazing is watching the daycare owners take nothing & make it into a functional daycare. They use old tires, shipping containers, metal scrape sheets, etc to create warm, inviting & safe environments for their kids to learn. They take the American concept of “modular education” into 3rd world living to provide education & care.
Today, our team is painting, “de-rusting”, cleaning, organizing & supplying these 3 daycares with upgrades that are essential for the future for these small people, 5 and younger. Saving Moses is about giving little people 5 & younger love, resources & survival essentials so they can have a bright future!