Tuesday, September 7, 2010

From the inside out...

I hope everyone had a good Labor Day.  Ours was relaxing, tiring, and productive all rolled into one!  I've been remiss at posting because I have been doing so many projects around the house at once.  If you have every tackled any larger home improvement project (which, really, is anything more than changing a light bulb) then you know that one project evolves into MANY more. 

As you may remember from my 15 windows post, we are in the process of painting all of our windows.  When I say we, I really mean me.  But it takes both of us because someone has to watch the children!  We painted #1-#10 without a problem.  Then came #11.  I knew we would need to do a little work on it.  I knew there was some water damage but I really thought I could fix it.  I mean, I've installed a dishwasher for goodness sakes!  How difficult can a little rot be?  Famous last words...  I started digging around and quickly realized that this was more than I could tackle.  The roof outside this window is about 8 inches wide.  Not a lot of room to work with, but I managed to pry one piece of trim off.  See, it really looked like there was only a small area that had been damaged.  But as I looked further I found that the problem was at the very top of the window and was dripping down.  One problem was causing many. 

Isn't that like our lives?  If we let something bad sneak into our lives, it will eat at us from the inside out.  It may look like a small problem, or even just a cosmetic problem.  We think, it's just a 'small sin'.  Nobody's perfect.  Romans 12:1 says "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship." 

Are we living to please God?  Are we living to please ourselves?  Are we offering ourselves as a pleasing sacrifice to Him?  If we ignore the problems that we have, just like our window, we will have major rot ahead.  Rip out the old.  Expose it to the Light of the World. He is the Great Restorer!

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