By Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Doyl McMurry
Special to GUIDON
Look at the television listings, and you will find channels airing shows about home renovations.
They cover almost every aspect of home renovations. There are even shows that show the disastrous outcomes of home repair done by an inexperienced homeowner.
There are various reasons for home renovation. One construction website makes the statement about home renovations, “People look to renovations when they are ready for a change, want to beautify their residence or are interested in increasing the value of their home.”
Whatever the reason, there are times when a change needs to occur. Sometimes there are more problems with renovation than simply demolition followed by rebuilding.
The same can be said of our lives. We have all tried to change something about ourselves with varying levels of success. But there comes a time when so much about our lives needs to be changed that we just don’t know where to start.
Sometimes, we come to this realization on our own, and sometimes we have this realization dropped on our heads. Either way, something has to change. And just like with a house, there are times when it seems like we just need to start fresh and rebuild. The problem is we only have one life and there is no starting over — or is there?
John 3:3 records Jesus’ conversation with a man named Nicodemus. In this conversation, Jesus tells him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus is not talking about going back into your mother’s womb and literally being “born again.” He is talking about turning your life over to the one who made you in the first place, and allowing God to rebuild it the way it should have been all along.
In II Corinthians 5:17, Paul makes the statement, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
If we really want change to happen, then we need to turn our lives over to the one who made us and allow him to make all things new — including us.
(Editor’s note: McMurry is a chaplain with the Interservice Training Office.)