In the not too distant future we are going to have our garage converted into a bedroom and an office. The church only decided on Sunday to do the work and already Tracey has spent a whole day beginning to tidy the garage in order to make room for the changes ahead.
As I arrived home from work yesterday, I could see how hard that Tracey had worked and it was clear from the effort that she had put in how much that the change means to her.
The start of a new year is often a time when people decide that they want to change and during late January many of those same people begin to realize how difficult that change is.
What I was reminded of today is that before change can take place, we have to make room for it.
If the builders who are going to do our conversion turned up and our garage was still full of our stuff then there is not much they can do.
In a similar way, when we decide to change but we don’t remove our old attitudes or way of thinking, then there isn’t the necessary room for change to happen.
What do we need to clear out of our lives?
God is into recycling! He longs to make changes in us so that we can find and live in the full and abundant life that Jesus promised.
The church that I work for are very, very generously doing the work on the house for our family.
God is very, very generously doing some work in our lives because he loves us and because we are in his family but will we work with him?
God is ready to renovate and to convert the parts of our lives that need restoring but are we willing to get rid of the old to make way for the new thing that he wants to do in us?