The Afters...

Lets face it. We all love a good "before and after". Seeing something ugly, disorganized, and chaotic turned into a beautiful thing. But what does it take to get to that point? How much hard work will it be? Is it worth it in the end? Will I even like the end result? For me it was simply letting go. Letting go of controlling and maintain my mess, my chaos, my dysfunction, my control over things I really never had control over in the first place. I had to allow God to step in. To take stock of all that I had held onto, to clear it all out, to separate truths from falsities, to throw away what was trash, to clean up and organize what was treasure, and begin to heal the broken pieces. Those pieces of thoughts and feelings and gifts and talents that have been muddled, wasted, disregarded, or unknown all these years. It's true we are born with certain character traits and dispositions, but that does not have to define us completely. We have the ability each and every day to renew our minds and be that person we so longingly strive to become.  Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. Old things have passed away, and look, all things are becoming new. Are you becoming new every day? Are we truly allowing Gods truths to permeate every aspect of our lives in order to become an "after"? A beautiful re-do, a glorious renovation, a sought after "before and after"? What is your "before and after"? What legacy will you leave behind and what message do you have to share with others? As I am attempting this new chapter in life of blogging, Instagram, tweeting, etc. what message do I have to share? Is there value in any of it? Is there a purpose? Will I impact even ones persons day and encourage them to dig deeper? Fight the good fight, run the race, do the hard work, but in it all letting God be in complete control. So at the end of each day He receives the praise and we can hear Him say. "Job well done, good and faithful servant".  Happy Friday everyone, now go and show the world your "after".