Are you good at repairing? How about replacing? Perhaps re-purposing? It seems like these warm weather months bring out the decluttering, replacing and reusing nature in many of us. For some of us, this process comes from our upbringing – that strong directive to “not waste anything.” For others of us, the cost of replacing is “going to save in the long run,” we say. Then again, many of us get a deep satisfaction in renewing or re-purposing what we already have.
The process of repair, replace and repurpose can also be applied to our hearts, minds, behaviors and relationships. Sometimes renewal means that we have some repair work to do.
We fall short of the glory of God, miss the mark, fail and offend. We may need to recognize what our actions have caused and apologize or forgive. Perhaps some action on our part is required to get things back on track – restored. When you repair something, you fix what has been torn or marred or broken. Sometimes our prayer needs to be, “Lord show me where and how I can mend what has been damaged.”
If we developed a pattern of thinking or a behavior that consistently draws us away from living in truth and light as children of God, we can pray for insight so that we might replace our “rightness” for “His Righteousness.” In Colossians, the new life in Christ is compared to what we take off that is old and full of decay and what we put on as our brand-new nature. We must remember that He replaced the old nature for the new nature which He created in us. We don’t have to live in the old any longer.
Finally, we must purpose in our hearts – and repurpose as often as necessary to live in this newness. Colossians 3:12-14 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” NIV
As you are sorting out the “stuff” in your life this summer, making decisions to repair this – replace that and maybe thinking about how you can reuse or repurpose something too good to throw out, consider doing the same in your walk with God – your journey of faith. Shed some illumination on your life as a Child of Light. Is there some sorting out to do?
Professional Life Coach, Spiritual Director