Popular television reality shows that “flip” old houses and give them a more modern, updated look are all the rage.
While it might be as easy as hiring a handyman that can paint and change light fixtures to give it a cosmetic upgrade, sometimes it requires something more drastic. The hashtag, #demoday denotes a certain euphoria that’s associated with getting rid of the old so it can be replaced with the new.
Let me just say here for those who don’t know me well, I am a “pitcher”. I just might be the kind of person that tends to toss things out at opportune moments… like when certain people aren’t home. 🙂 If I haven’t seen it/used it for a year, then I probably don’t need it and it is either donated, shared or pitched. I am sentimental about my old quilts and some family heirlooms, but I don’t value storing things, “just in case.” I’d rather someone else have them that could use them, and so I purge about every 6 months. (When you do this regularly it’s really not a big ordeal!)
BUT. there is something to be said about the benefits of a renovation. It’s only my opinion, but when I do rejuvenate something rather than throw it away, it always seems to add to my sense of accomplishment. I have old pieces of furniture that I have repurposed and saved a ton of money.
Recognizing the value of and bringing out the best in something that has been worn out or damaged is a beautiful picture of what God does when He sees us in our brokenness.
While you might think you’re looking pretty good by the world’s standards, the truth is we all have ugly rooms in our heart that have been marred by sin and hurt and pain.