In continuation of yesterday’s theme of renovating your spiritual home, you may be surprised to learn that I was briefly in real estate appraisal, and worked for a real estate investment company. These occupations look at the values of renovated homes for bank funding; some houses were impeccable, and others you could see were prepared as a flip. Mostly, flips look great on the outside, but as you take a closer look, you see it is not upgraded with the same quality as a home being occupied by the one renovating it.
When we talk about renovating our spiritual houses, if it’s just for everyone else, it’s going to look and feel like a flip. It’ll look good on the outside, but when people really get to know you, the way you know yourself, flaws will be noted. You have not done the real work that you wanted to do on the inside. Or you have not allowed the Lord to do the real work you asked Him to do. Let’s build the kinds of homes in our lives that we want to live in for the rest of our days. We must take responsibility for where we are, and this means we resist blaming other people.
Friend, that’s a very hard thing to admit. Not in a shameful, embittered, or self-pitied way, but actually in an empowering way, you don’t need to blame anyone else. Confess today: “I’m taking responsibility for my life and I’m going to start making small decisions to live a different life tomorrow.” You have the power!