“but GROW in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” —2 Peter 3:18 NKJV
My family recently moved houses. As exciting as it is, the responsibility of packing and unpacking can be a daunting one to say the least. We’ve moved MANY times and typically are unpacked and decorated after 2-3 days. I don’t know if it’s our aging joints or maybe we’re out of practice but it’s been a month today and there are still scattered boxes and art and curtains to be hung. There’s some corner of my woman-ness that desires everything to be in it’s permanent place before we use the house for entertaining. I want to show off the space in it’s finished form but we’re just not there yet. So when friends pop by, I invite them in and say the obligatory phrase “excuse the mess, we’re still unpacking.” And in the back of my mind I tell myself that I’ll have them over in a few weeks when everything is in order so they can see that we’re not total lazy slobs.
But the truth is, NO ONE MINDS! I’ve learned through this process that my friends and family are coming over to see the “bones” of the house and to visit with us. That’s all. I’m putting myself through a bit of misery and stress for absolutely no reason.
Imagine your life as a 137 year old victorian house. Your flooring is mismatched and a little uneven in places. Window blinds are covered in dust from who knows how long ago. Stairs creak and pop when your bodyweight is gingerly pressed down. Crumbs live in the back corner of every kitchen drawer. The cobwebs, oh the cobwebs! They eerily cover your face and brush against your hands when you step down to the not-so-well-traveled stone basement. Everywhere you turn, you see a future project. And if you’re honest, if you made a list of all the desired improvements it would easily consume the next decade to complete.
…If this was your life, would you invite anyone inside? Because in this same space dwells your loving family. Two brand new couches fill your living room and seat comfort and intimacy. The old house smell has faded and all that remains is the rich smell of wood. The house has been properly cleaned floor to ceiling but will need weekly upkeep of course. The house is full of laughter, love, friendship and years of upcoming memories.
…If this was your life, would you be able to acknowledge the progress and life that lives in that house or would you be so overwhelmed with projects that the house is left a house and never a home? Because the truth is, we’re all a project. We never stop growing. We never stop learning. We never stop progressing.
Today, sit in the shadow of your Creator knowing He is never done molding and making you. Growth is part of life. Embrace it. Invite others with you along the journey. Celebrate every milestone. And prepare for the next project…the next facelift of what is dead…the next remodel to bring more space for living.
ASK—What unachieved goal is stopping you from living life? What future projects to anticipate going through with the Lord?