Home renovation is taking an existing home, stripping it of the old and adding something new. Remodeling the interior or exterior. The process is a time-consuming feat that involves planning, labor, material purchases, and a step-by-step order of application. We take the ideas that we have and execute a process that ends up being very rewarding. A fresh new look.
Flipping homes is a popular trend, and a nice way to make a monetary profit. There are a lot of homes in my area that have been purchased for a low price and remodeled. Many of these homes have simply been cosmetically “covered up.” A little paint, some quick patchwork, and voila, a new home! To the average Joe, a quick walk around the newly remodeled home may look good, but to the educated home buyer it may be an obvious cover-up. Within a short time, the underlying structure will fall apart. It doesn’t take long for the surface to become just as worthless as the deteriorating internals. The temporary beauty of the exterior won’t hold up for very long, as the interior will continue to fall apart.
There was a time when I would also do a quick “cover-up.” I would try to ignore the interior problems with exterior fixes. There were many hurts that had occurred over a period of many years that I would drown out by using drugs and alcohol. I did not want to deal with the deep hurt, so I would just bury them under a layer of comfort. The warm feeling I would get from the smoke or the bottle was much easier than being burned by the fire of dealing with underlying issues. But just like the cosmetic cover-ups of the home, the interior began to fall apart. The drugs wouldn’t work. The mask that I would wear became a labor that was not worth performing. I began to face the many consequences of my poor choices. The choice to smoke pot became so consuming. I had to have it everyday. I even put my whole life of freedom at risk by starting a cultivation process within my house. I became an alcoholic. I couldn’t go for very long without a drink. Within the lifestyles of breaking the law, I was breaking down. I felt terrible, my financial stability was depleting, and my entire life felt like a giant pit of quicksand. The exterior cover-ups were breaking down and exposing the hard truths of my unstable interior.
Sometimes the best thing to do is tear it all down and start over. If the interior is too weak, it has to be removed before the new construction can take place. In many ways, that is exactly what needed to happen in order for my new structure to be built. I had to knock out the habits, patterns and ways of thinking. I had to allow a new foundation to be laid. I had to find new materials, tools and the many connective implements to hold it all together.
I have that foundation now. I have the right tools and materials. I have the strong structure, and the added touches are coming along quite nicely. It is the relationship with Jesus Christ that does it all. He is the foundation. His Word is the structure. His grace is the continuous little details that make this new structure, His temple. I never knew how the God of the heavens and the earth could mend the life, until I surrendered. He has directed my heart and mind into a life of strength and stability. Something I could never provide for myself, apart from Him.
Looking for a quick-fix may look nice at first, but it will soon fall apart. It will soon leave the heart empty, and the mind racing to find the next cover-up. It feels good knowing that my Lord doesn’t cut corners when it comes to a remodel.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” -Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)