I must put in a plug for my fantastic neighbors...they have been such great mentors in our bright eyed renovation efforts...usually having to get us past the "what were we thinking" phase that comes right behind demolition. Their expertise and sweat equity investment mean the world to me and Troy.
To keep the project moving forward so I could get my kitchen, and my life back, we spent a lot of time last weekend taking up the damaged boards and replacing them with newer and stronger material. As I swept up in the sawdust signifying the completion of that part of project, I looked at the floor. It had weathered many years of use. We had removed the damaged section and replaced it with something new and stronger.
How it reminded me of my heart! As we go through life, we often find ourselves with weak and damaged sections too. Damage from mistakes we have made. Damage sustained from circumstances beyond our control. Sometimes it even feels like a foot falls through the walls of our hearts.
That damage that may never quite go away, but you know what? It too can be repaired.
2 Corinthians 5:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.Jesus can take that weathered heart and make it new. He forgives us of those mistakes, and heals us from those circumstances that made us weak. He gives us renewed strength. (Phillipians 4:13). The scars may never quite go away, but like the meshed together old and new material of my floor, it becomes part of your character and it makes you stronger.
I arrived home after a long day, and my floors had been completed. The new underlayment and vinyl covered up the patching we did this weekend, and unless someone peels back the layers, they will never see the damage we repaired. We can rest assured knowing the floor is stronger and better than it was before.
People won't see your heart damage, but they will benefit from your stronger and better perspective gained from its repair. Maybe just maybe that's why God chose a carpenter to serve as his son's fatherly role model.
Don't let your "damage" keep you from being the person God wants you to be. Be proud of the scars, and use them for his glory. He loves you for who you are!