Friday, December 30, 2005
In spite of all the planning and preparations, we can end up experiencing a sense of vague disappointment. We may have tried to focus on spiritual things but for some reason it just didn’t happen.
Of course, the world is counting down the hours until the New Year, as if some magical transformation will alter their lives into something better.
I think we look at the new year as a way to bring about an extreme life makeover. If only it were as easy as the home makeover shows on television. In one week, a ramshackle building is transformed into a place of beauty, designed specifically for those who reside there. Lately it seems that most of these houses need to be completely demolished because they are irreparable.
Everyone uses the coming new year to look back as well as forward. If Christmas wasn’t quite what we thought it would be, maybe reflecting on where we’ve been this past year will give us better perspective on where we want to go this next year.
If God is not the center of our life, maybe we need an extreme makeover down to the very foundation. If He is, perhaps some renovations are in order. The truth is that unless we are rooted in and with our Creator, our lives always leave something to be desired.
If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. Luke 6:48, The Message
For no one can lay any other foundation than the one we already have – Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 3:11, NLT