I am excited to have my blogging friend, Caroline, joining us on The Scenic Route today. I encourage you to check out her blog Under God’s Mighty Hand after reading her encouraging words today!
This faith calls us to active renewal.
But sometimes I just want to renew my heart and mind once and for all! To keep God’s love, His truths, His compassion in my active thoughts – never allowing those elements to escape with my frustrated sighs.
The state of this age never allows such perfection.
The natural state of this world is chaos. We need constant renewal – every day, every minute – for our actions to follow His footsteps. Renewal takes captive our thoughts to make them obedient to His purposes.
I liken this constant need of renewal to cleaning my family’s very-much-lived-in house. I swoon over and even ache for clean surfaces, minimal clutter, and organized spaces. And I can usually establish decent systems for various areas of our house. But it’s keeping those areas clean that’s the tough job.
I clean. I organize. I de-clutter.
A few weeks or days (or hours, if we’re talking about the dishes) later, piles appear, dust settles, and dishes multiply. I glance around and wonder to where my clean, clear spaces disappeared.
My heart and my mind unfortunately revert to a similar chaotic, messy state. I read, I pray, I revel in His Word. Then, I turn to the next day, the next hour and forget some essential truth. My attitude sours to someone I disagree with, I lose energy to serve, or I attempt a to-do list without praying throughout.
But our loving, grace-giving God offers many more “second chances” than I deserve. He allows reoccurring opportunities to renew our everything to Him. To run to Him, cling to Him, and follow His guidance.
C.S. Lewis said: “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”
So while I long deep within my heart for the day when this renewed state will become a constant state, I readily accept the grace God so lovingly gives me each day.
I pray for His perfect, pleasing will to act through me, not my own.