When people look at my life, what do they see? What comes to mind? I know for myself what I see. I once heard the analogy of looking at your life with an “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition” aspect. At the beginning of the show, they pan the camara around to see all the areas of the home that are in need, need repair, or need a complete makeover. Well, what they end up doing is a complete demolition of the house and start new. It’s not worth trying to salvage what they had. Then at the end, they “move that bus” and a new beginning is put in front of them. I have been thinking about that recently quite a bit.
When I wake up in the morning, I have to remember that the old self – it’s not worth salvaging any of it. God wants us to start brand new when we commit ourselves to him. But, I know that I try hard to not let certain things go because I want to salvage it. If I had a camara inside my heart/mind, what would the camara pick up? What faults? What hindrances are keeping me from beginning anew? I know I hold on to some struggles with worry and fear. I know I don’t live up perfectly to the standards set for me in scripture. What IF I had that camara in my “head” and it was shown on national television? Embarassing! I think that is why Paul talks so often about shedding off the old self and put on the “new self.” The whole old self/new self concept, as you can see, has really made me think a lot lately.
To MOVE THAT BUS for me, means I get to look forward to things ahead – forget sins past (repent first though). And move forward. Look into each “room” in my heart and see where I need to do some fixing up, or praise God for the things that He has already “fixed” up. I love analogies and I really enjoy the show (though we don’t get ABC anymore so I can’t watch it). But more importantly, I love the transforming life that God offers for us – I just have to be willing to accept the extreme home makeover that God wants to do in me.