How much money do you spend on things that are in need of repair or attention? There is no junk, only treasure!
Maybe it’s more about what we can rescue and save.
Why are we willing to go and spend money on things that are old, worn, beaten and battered, tossed in the dumpster?
We are willing to take those out, spend money to repair them, and bring them into our home. They become our most loved treasures.
They adorn our tables, give us space to sit on, and storage for lots of memories. Beauty that is spoken about from anyone who notices.
But when it comes to those around us, especially ourselves, being beaten up, tattered, feeling like we’ve been tossed in the dumpster too many times, we leave those out for the ruins.
We immediately retreat to our own comfort. We let our hearts run as far away from these people as possible. In fact, we run so far away, that we ourselves lose our own heart and our own hope.
The K.I.S.S. ~ There is no junk, only treasure!
Maybe you, yourself, is the one beaten and tattered. Torn and worn. Barely able to keep your head above the water.
You’re gasping for air, treading the high raging surges only to find yourself further down the river.
You can’t catch a break. Your dreams are desolate deserts. Your marriage is barely a good memory. Your children cling for your attention, but your heart has little to give.
The exhaustion of living has overcome you.
I call upon you to rise up.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” ~ Isaiah 60:1
“When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” ~ John 5:6
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. ~ John 5:8-9
It’s time you stand and be an overcomer!
At first, it will feel like you are just learning to walk again. You will rise up and then stumble more. Your heart will be crushed many times before happiness returns. Disappointments will still occur daily. Frustration will come and go.
But the difference is hope.
Hope in the middle of your chaos. Hope in the fallen four walls you claim as home. Hope that goes far beyond anything you can do yourself. Hope for what’s to come, not what was lost. Hope for a better day than the one before. Hope just for you!
Yet, there is a cost.
The cost is your broken heart. Your tattered, dried-up spirit. Your emotional roller coaster that won’t let you go. Your disappointments and delusional efforts. Your extreme anger and frustration. Your anxious nerves and exhausted body. Your friends who toss you aside. Your life that is empty.
The cost is great! But the return is greater.
Joy that’s self-sustaining. Love that’s never-ending. Grace that’s overflowing. Hope that’s eternal!
The question is, are you wiling to allow God to pick you up out of the dumpster, out of the ruins, and call you chosen? Beloved?
That junk on the side of the road, in the store where holes and tears cost more, at the garage sale where it lays in a bin for someone, anyone to pick up.
Are you willing to let God in where you hurt, where pain resides, where your heart needs restoration?
God majors in the minors.
You have the heart of God.
Wear it with grace. Share it with many. Know whose you are.
“There is no junk, only treasure!”
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Music by Mandisa – Overcomer
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Song Title: Overcomer
Writer(s): Ben Glover, Chris Stevens, David Garcia
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