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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. “
— 2 Corinthians 5:17
My husband has been working to restore a car for the past three years. When it first came to our house, there were holes in the floor board and it was powered by a gas can sitting atop the engine. The car was a mess. I remember looking at him like he had lost his mind. Sure, I could support him when it came to restoring a car, but this? This was unrestorable!
Over the years though, he has done just that. He has studied, watched, learned and practiced. If he is not in the shop, he is planning his next steps or watching car shows on television. Of course, he has never neglected his responsibilities as a husband or a father; he has just simply found a way to make this restoration a part of his priorities.
Our lives should function much the same way. Each of us can probably describe one element we would like to restore in our lives. Perhaps it is our weight, our health, our commitments, or our spiritual lives. Whatever that element is, the key to restoring it is to make it the focus. You cannot lose sight of other responsibilities in lieu of your restoration; but, you have to make it a priority. Study and research how you can change things. Learn new aspects and apply them to your life. Simply make the commitment to do something.
Two weeks ago, my husband turned over the engine for the first time in a few years (without a gas can sitting in the engine). It was a beautiful sound and we are that much closer to enjoying it on the road. It has been a long process, sometimes overwhelmingly slow, but in the end, this restoration will be worth it.