And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
When I get into a home repair project, it will take me longer than I assume and will involve multiple trips to Lowe’s. I’m as average as they come at it. I watch a six-minute YouTube video, think, “That’s simple enough,” scratch out a list of supplies, travel to Lowe’s, purchase the supplies, watch the YouTube video again, start, get stuck, cue YouTube again, screw it up, go back to Lowe’s, watch YouTube again, fix my last mistake, make another mistake, say angry things, go to Lowe’s for the thing to fix that mistake, whine to my wife about this stupid thing, fix my last mistake, and repeat until I finish the project. This may play out in a day, weekend or entire week.
All that said, if I don’t have the right materials, the entire thing is a non-starter. You can’t patch drywall with potting soil, and you can’t pot a plant with spackling. The same is true for our lives. If we aren’t building things with the right materials, we are going to end up in the same place we started or worse. Einstein is typically attributed with the loose definition of insanity being, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
In our lives we want to see change, but we keep building with the same materials. In our story from Nehemiah he had access to the king’s lumber yard. He had access to the best materials to rebuild the walls. In Christ we have access to the same. What materials in our lives are from Him and which aren’t?
Take time today to ask him to show you what is in your life consistently that isn’t of Him, from Him, and is ultimately hurting you. Since many of us have addressed this during our series, let’s select new materials and tools to build our lives. What spiritual practices can we choose that will help us build our lives with the materials of a Godly life?