No job is ‘do-it-yourself’ with God’s help
by Beyond The Walls by Susan Nelson
Jul 23, 2014 | 529 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I watch a lot of DIY (Do It Yourself) television. I am amazed and in awe of the transformations that take place in rooms, homes and yards in the three-day projects that are undertaken.

I am fully aware it takes longer than the 30-minute to 1-hour time allotted for the show’s airing, with a lot of the filming cut out and the overnight work bypassed. I am equally impressed when a run-down, ready-for-demolition-type home is restored and given a revived sense of beauty and months of hard work is translated into a brief show.

Yet I still “ooooh” and “ahhhhh” at the end when the big reveal takes place and even my world becomes bright with the possibilities.

On the flip side of this are the rescue shows and the ones where a contractor comes in to tear apart another’s shoddy work that leaves me a bit nervous about hiring out any job, no matter the size. It doesn’t help that the movies have made comedies about the trials of people who set out to make a fresh start.

Two such movies came to mind recently after I spoke with a contractor about some work that I thought to be quite extensive. One movie depicted a woman (Dianne Keaton as the advertising tiger lady) who set out to raise her cousin’s orphaned daughter on 62 acres in Vermont. The house began to fall down around her as she worked to stave off its and her decline.

Another told the tale of a couple who had bought a house they sank every dime they had into and hoped to turn into their very own dream home (Tom Hanks and Shelley Long starred in that one). As they hire out the remodeling, each contractor gave them an estimated “two weeks” for the job’s completion. Rewiring, plumbing and basically gutting the mansion became a nightmarish “comedy” of errors where one issue rolled over into another.

The estimated “two weeks” became an endless nightmare testing the bounds of the couple’s relationship.

I digress, though.

The contractor I spoke with offered a reasonable price, one that was much less than I’d expected. Again, I believe I am watching too much DIY with its high-end pricing, so I was thrilled.

But then the kicker came when I asked a time frame. He said two weeks! NOOOOOOOOOO! I’m OK. I’m fine. I can handle this. (I have no “Walter” in my story since I am flying solo so I can make it into an adventure for us.)

The bible tells us that when we accept Christ as our lord and savior, we have become a new creation in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Underneath it all, however, we still battle with what once was and it rears its not-so-nice head every now and again to create a chink in our newly affixed armor.

Sometimes we find that we have to go back and rip up the unsteady foundation of our beliefs and begin again. God knew that and offered this to us in His word: “… If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)

This particular process will take longer than two weeks for most of us and, in fact, span the rest of our lives, but it is doable.
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