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Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 10:17

Repurposed

One Saturday evening I was indulging myself in a little HGTV. I was watching a program called “Color Splash” and the host David Bromstead was transforming a couple’s bedroom into a “get-away to the beach.” I love how everyone is so hooked on getting that “spa-like” feel . I could care less about that “spa-like” “beachy cottage” whatever thing going on in my bedroom. These days my main objective is to get unconscious as quickly as possible. Okay, okay—getting back to the reason I am writing this….good old David Bromstead has redesigned this couple’s boring bedroom into a “retreat” that will undoubtedly bring tears to the wife’s eyes and make their lives soooooooooo much better. He’s even gone “green” and made a rather fantastic headboard for their bed using old doors. Thus, giving it a “Martha’s Vineyard vaca” vibe. I loved it. The new terminology he used for this coup de grace was “repurpose”. In my day we used to say recycle, but apparently that is not good enough to use in the home design world. So David “repurposed” these old doors which he purchased from a salvage yard. Putting some sort of coating over the old paint to ensure the folks didn’t get lead poisoning (Sp) and sue the stars out of HGTV was accomplished somewhere between commercials.

Long after Color Splash, House Hunters, and some other show that reminds me of all the unfinished projects I have at home, the word “repurpose” is still in the back of my mind. I’ve gotten smart enough to know when our God is prodding me to into action and the word repurpose has significance to me in the way the Lord wants me to try to explain how our lives are to be repurposed……

This is how I see it…..in the beginning of someone’s life I can just imagine our Master Creator sitting at his workbench holding in the palm of his hand a new creation…you….you are a shining, glowing little light and He is turning his hand this way and that marveling at how precious, how wonderful you are. He’s thinking about all the plans He has for you, the joy you are going to bring to the world. He has given you a name you don’t even know. He knows what you will do, won’t do, what you will say and what you will not say. He knows you will break his heart, but He loves you anyway with an unending love……………..poof, zap……swish….I don’t know what happens, but somehow you are inside your mother’s womb. Your existence on earth has begun and dark forces are all too aware of it and it is their mission to divert your path from the one our Lord has set forth. You see, you were sent to be here on this earth to be something greater than you will ever imagine you are here with a Divine Purpose and you are not even aware of it….you sense it…..but the world will make you forget it…..Satan will trip you up along this journey…

Take the Apostle Paul for instance, or should I say “Saul.” He was given the name Saul by his earthly parents, but repurposed and renamed Paul by our God. He got here the same way as all of us do……but through his journey, he became a monster of a man who hated, killed and stole. This definitely was not God’s plan for Saul/Paul. He knew the paths Saul would choose, his heart breaking, but God being God, took nasty, loser Saul and repurposed his life….he was still the same person, but he had a new job, a new direction, a new life. What should have been his fate, death and destruction was now a transformed being who is now consorting with the other Saints in Heaven for all eternity. I’m sure Paul looked pretty much the same and it must have been pretty interesting to see him explain himself to his old buddies that he was indeed a new creation, repurposed for God’s Glory. Just like the old doors that were “salvaged,” Paul’s hell-bent life was salvaged as well. He still looked the same probably had the same childhood scars, same physical features, but now he was on God’s team, doing great things in His name. The lives he touched then and now are countless…..

So why do we lament and whine and complain about not having a “purpose” in life? Oh my friend, you’ve always had a purpose a Divine Purpose. It’s always been there and it will always be. Our Great Dad in Heaven will take you at any point in your life and use it……..because we think we are are supposed to be “large and in charge” we think we are the masters of our destiny. We are supposed to make our “mark” on the world…..how’s that workin for ya? I’ll be the first to say that I am famous for trying to run on my own steam and even now as a Believer I am constantly taking my life back because somehow I think I’ve got a handle on things and God’s way is somehow not good enough, but inevitably I screw things up so bad I wind up on my knees giving Him back the mess I’ve made-like a broken toy, pieces spilling out of my hands onto the foot of the Cross. And you know what, He takes it back, puts it back together with His amazing God Glue and points me in the right direction again and again. He knows I’ll be back, maybe it won’t be as badly broken or maybe worse. It won’t work the same, my life won’t look the same, but He will use it. He will repurpose it for His Glory. It is finally beginning to sink in that it was never mine in the first place. So are you ready to be repurposed? He is there waiting for you and he loves you with an everlasting love and would love to take the broken, stained, dirty life you have made and give you back a repurposed glory-filled life.  Selah

 


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Posted on Sun, Mar 03, 2013 05:45

My apologies on this piece, I didn't get the entire thing copied, but I have fixed it.  



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