I have a confession to make: I am an avid fan of home improvement shows. I never tire of seeing the couple who takes the worse house in the best neighborhood and transforms it into the prettiest house on the block. First, we see the awful, dirty, seemingly-irrepairable condition of the house — both inside and out. You know, the holes in the walls, leaky ceilings, fire damage, rotted wood, overrun yards ….YUK!!! And then, in about an hour it’s . . . TADA!!!!! The house has been transformed into a beautifully landscaped, awesomely decorated, move-in ready palace fit for a king. It’s awesome!!!!!
What’s the best part of all this? The best part is that it all happened in less than 60 minutes. I mean, I watched an entire renovation — start-to-finish — of a 1700 square foot house while eating a sandwich and drinking a bottle of water! Talk about entertainment! While I enjoyed the journey of the transformation, and as much effort as the show’s producers exert to make me feel as if I am apart of all the action, the truth is . . . I’m not there. See, a renovation takes time, a lot of time, a lot of REAL time. While I watched the renovation take place in less than an hour, for those who were actually doing the work, that renovation was more than 6 months in the making. We didn’t see the person who had to stand in line to apply for building permits, or the person who had to stain the floors 5 times to get the perfect color. We didn’t see all the hours it took to go to the various antiques shops or on-line stores to find the perfect furnishings. I wasn’t there when they discovered that they’d have to replace all the electrical, plumbing and add new beams to support the weight of the addition of a second floor. I wasn’t there. Honestly, renovations are not fun. They are usually a challenging, laborious and sometimes-intimidating process that will test your limit, check your determination and stretch the scope of what you thought was possible. That’s why renovations don’t usually happen in front of a crowd. Renovations happen privately.
This blog, LifeSpeak for Living.com, has just survived a renovation. Previously we were LifeSpeakforLivingBlog.com. Now we are LifeSpeak for Living.com. And just like the renovation of a home, the redesign took longer than we predicted, was more intense and challenging than we could have imagined and has probably left a lot of dust behind. But if you are here and reading this as a returned subscriber, let me extend a heart-felt THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK. If you are new, let me extend a heart-felt THANKS for giving us this opportunity to encourage you and remind you that, even in the midst of a renovation, God never leaves. He is never surprised by the amount of time it takes. He never gets exhausted or frustrated by how many times we say we’re going to do better and, for whatever reason, we stumble or falter.
The renovation of this website has been a wonderful reminder to me of how, in the process of renewing/renovating my life . . . God has never given up and walked away. And just like any renovation, we realized after weeks and months of work, it’s a never-ending process. There will always be some area that we can improve; something we can do better or something we should have done differently. But let’s enjoy this moment. Let’s take the time to rejoice for where we are, today, right now . . . I am so happy to have LifeSpeak for Living up and running. I am so thankful that you are HERE. And, aren’t we all so appreciative that, as He continues His never-ending renovation of our lives, we NEVER have to worry that God will walk away without making sure the job is absolutely . . . complete.
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
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