When I finally worked up the courage to renovate the upstairs after my kids moved out I developed an impassioned hatred of stickers. My son collected skateboard stickers and stuck them all over everything. This one's on the windowsill...
Guess what. If you put stickers on a window that faces west and gets blazing hot in the summer, stickers get baked on. My son took most of the blame for this but then when I got to my daughter's old room I found this.
These aren't even cute stickers! They just come on clothes and over time she removed them and instead of throwing them away she stuck them on the side of her dresser.
Has anyone ever stuck a label on you? Made you feel small or extra small? Called you a baby? Made you feel just regular instead of special? Or maybe your sticker says something like:
You can throw those stickers away. You don't have to wear them. Peel them off examine each one if you have to. You might want to think back to who gave it to you. Ask yourself why you willingly accepted wearing it. Then toss it. We are restoring here and we don't need any residue from the past. For residue left over I use a product called Goof Off. Clever name. You can use it to remove adhesives, wall marks, and just about any mistake that's been made around the house.
Sometimes we need something to remove the "goofs" from our lives too. We have easy access to it. It's redemption, forgiveness, and grace.
I'm on the way to making this dresser something beautiful and don't want any errors from the past marring my beautiful masterpiece.
Here's the thing: The dresser is a project. I'll finish it, enjoy it, and sell it or my kids will inherit it. But I am my life's project. My life's work is becoming who it is that God intended for me to be when he made me. To be the very best version of myself.
I don't have time to worry about stickers people might put on me. I can peel them off, remove the residue, and continue the transformation.
I am my own never ending makeover.
Here's a tip from the "Restoration Handbook."
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is
from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the
ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to
himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has
committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's
ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We
implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who
had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the
righteousness of God.
Tomorrow we'll talk inspiration and hard work on our way to beautiful outcomes. And no stickers!