Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Redecorate Your Life

Definition: re·dec·o·rate (r-dk-rt)
v. re·dec·o·rat·ed, re·dec·o·rat·ing, re·dec·o·rates
To change the appearance or furnishings of; refurbish.
To change a decorative scheme.

Over the last few weeks, I have had two major redecoration projects going on simultaneously. First, my home office has received a much needed upgrade with a great new desk/workstation and two wood shelving units to hold my growing library of books and CDs (by the way, these two purchases were made via and I received great deals on both!). Second, my church orchestra has been in the process of repainting our rehearsal room with a great new color scheme. I have to say that this project turned out extremely well.

Among the ministers and directors on our church staff, we have a long standing joke about sermons and services that are focused on rededicating our lives. We often joke that instead of people rededicating their lives to the Lord, they often just "redecorate," and change the appearance of things in their lives.

Rededication deals with the internal processes. Redecoration deals with the external, the superficial.

Dealing with internal issues is a priority over external ones. For example, if you have a house that has a damaged foundation and a severe termite problem, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to slap on a new coat of paint and consider the home all fixed. But, if the internal structure of the home is sound, redecorating the exterior and interior of our homes can aid tremendously in selling a home and adding value to its overall price.

When the Titanic suffered damage from an iceburg, internal problems needed to be addressed. Redecorating the ship by rearranging the deck chairs would have been an exercise in futility. The ship was sinking!

If internal processes and structures are sound, though, sometimes it's a good thing to do a little redecorating. Redecorating can give you a much needed morale boost during difficult times. It can also add tremendous value with a low expenditure of time, money, and resources. I know a little redecorating the last few weeks has helped me with my mental focus during one of the most difficult summers of my own life.

Make some much needed changes in your own life. Do some redecorating and see what happens. Don't get stuck in a rut.

A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out. - Dr. Laurence J. Peter

...Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:1b)

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