Just Renew It!
Don’t throw that away, renew it! There seem to be countless ideas on how to take the old things you have lying around and renew, reclaim, or refurbish them into something new. These multiple ways take something old and give it a second life. It takes only one quick Google search to gather many articles touting the ability to use restoration hacks to turn your outdated items into new things. The ones that catch my attention, however, are the ones that sound quick, easy, or satisfying such as old to new in 4 steps or the joys of renewing and restoring.
I have spent this week trying to renew my old garden beds. It hasn’t been quick or easy, but the end result is satisfying. Reclaiming old garden beds requires hard work as you must first begin from the inside out. Getting the weeds removed before you place the mulch on top is a very necessary beginning. If you skip this step the lasting effect is only temporary as the weeds will quickly come back and take over. But the good news is that you can start the process over to reclaim and renew them again.
A Little Help Please
Your life can also go through a renewal process as many times as needed but not without help. This renewing process is the one that God provides, and it is not a hack. A new beginning in life can only begin with Him as you learn to live as a child of the light. God gives you the ability to change from the inside out. His renewing beginnings lead to greater things ahead.
Just like each day begins anew so can life begin again. Your thoughts can change along with your attitude by allowing, inviting, and trusting the Holy Spirit to do so. Living the Christian life is a process and the Holy Spirit helps you through this process as you continuously renew yourself through your daily walk.
Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Ephesians 4:23 (NLT)
Living a life full of light requires you to listen to God. It is only through Him that you can experience an evolving change through time for better thoughts, attitudes, and actions. This requires you to renew your life with a daily commitment to Christ. With this commitment, comes the fruit of the Spirit producing the character traits that are found in Christ. These magnificent by-products of Christ’s control; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, are not achieved without His help.
From the Inside Out
To renew your life, you must first trust God to change you. It is important to recognize that you cannot change yourself without the help of the Holy Spirit. It is only through and by trusting God through a daily commitment that you can be a ”new” person. A person that is constantly striving to be Christ-like.
The contemporary Christian group, Hillsong United, song lyrics,Â From the Inside Out, expresses what it takes to renew, reclaim, and refurbish your life.
In my heart and my soul
Lord, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out,
Lord, let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love you from the inside out
Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing You praise
Your light will shine when all else fades.
Won’t you take the challenge to make a firm commitment to Christ and invite the Spirit to renew your thoughts and attitudes from the inside out? Allow your convictions to trust God fully with becoming the person He wants you to be. Find your motivation in knowing that you can be a person who holds the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that today’s mess is tomorrow’s renewal of reclaiming and refurbishing life, beginning with the inside out through the Holy Spirit.
Love in Christ,
I’ve discovered that when we take time to renew our minds with God’s Word, we learn how to think like God thinks, say what God says, and act like He wants us to act.
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you renew your life from the inside out with the Holy Spirit daily? Have you reclaimed your life to be what God intended? Share your thoughts on committing daily to a life destined to be filled with fruit by renewing, reclaiming, and refurbishing the old with the new life of Christ.