Morning! Yvonne here today and I have a question for you – when is a box not a box?
I was thinking……
…..when it’s a lamp!
I have a little bit of a confession to make, a guilty little secret to own up to if you will…..I have a bit of a penchant for daytime TV!
Not any old daytime TV rubbish though, I am particular. I’m not a fan of daytime TV dramas, oh no! It’s the daytime reality TV that captures my attention – Homes under the Hammer, Escape to the Country, Garden Rescue (this one has been slightly rescued and moved to early evening sometimes), Money for Nothing, The Repair Shop (another rescue and mover to early evening but started off in a late afternoon slot). There is something about this sort of programme that I really enjoy watching. There, that is my confession; please don’t hold it against me!
I think the ones like Escape to the Country are primarily nosiness-driven – seeing how the other half live! But the others all have something in common – they are all about restoration and transformation and I really enjoy seeing how one thing can be changed either into something else entirely or just revamped, renewed. I find it pleasing.
I like renewal, I like this idea of upcycling (not that I’m any good at it personally) rather than throwing away, I like this idea of seeing the potential in something that might initially seem irredeemable.
And I love that our God sees us in just that way. He sees our flaws, more than that, He knows our flaws and yet He looks right past them and instead sees our potential, sees how/who we were created to be.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! God doesn’t just look and see past the flaws but draws us into Himself, promises to fill us with His Spirit and make us new, make us more like Him. We don’t have to be perfect for God to love us. God doesn’t wait around for us to try and fix ourselves so that we’re good enough; He transforms us as we allow Him to.
On Monday, Jenny talked about her coming to faith being a journey rather than any particular one-off moment. I think that’s something that a lot of us will relate to. In fact, Paul himself, in his letter to the Philippians said “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”
I can’t turn a cardboard box into a lamp, I can’t turn a windsurfer sail into ponchos (yes, that actually happened!), I can’t repair a broken clock (no matter how many pairs of glasses I wear at once), I can’t transform my garden into a beautiful haven. And I certainly can’t transform myself to be anywhere near good enough to meet God’s standards…..but how amazing that I don’t need to do that! I don’t need to make myself good enough because God loves me for who I am. I don’t need to make myself good enough because Jesus makes it possible for me to come to God despite all my failings. I don’t need to make myself good enough because God sees me in all my potential. I don’t need to make myself good enough because God, through His Spirit in me, will transform me and make me new.
Have a good day, lovely people. Be creative, or not! Watch rubbish TV….or don’t! But whatever you do with your day, have a good one!