Replacement

by Bo Bryson | No Comments

As you look around your home – do you see items that need to be replaced? I bet you do – we all do. But even though we see items that need to be replaced – we don’t do anything b/c of  two things (1) we think the cost is too high (whether that be emotionally or financially) and (2) we are comfortable (which is often synonymous with fear of change). Therefore – we hesitate and we accumulate. In the home, we accumulate items that collect dust – are often over-looked & under-used – and, if honest, create more work.
Now, look inwardly – at your heart – do you see items that need to be replaced? I bet you do – we all do. But even though we see items that need to be replaced – we don’t do anything b/c of two things (1) we think the cost is too high (we may have to give up certain friends, habits, foods, etc.. or maybe we will be viewed differently) and (2) we are comfortable (which is often synonymous with fear of change). Therefore – we hesitate and we accumulate. In the heart, we accumulate items that hinder growth – are often never dealt with – and, if honest, hurt relationships.
I am currently reading a 12-day devotional called: ‘I choose…’ On one particular day, it read, “In a world of endless ‘what ifs’ and always changing, ‘what nows’, it is easy to focus on our circumstances…then we allow potential bad news to plant seeds of fear and worry…that’s the danger of worry; it grows and takes up precious space in our hearts and minds…let’s choose to take our eyes off our wavering circumstances and instead focus on the one who never changes. God is famous for replacing…”Then it listed three things. I listed them below plus added a few of my own.
Replacement…(1) worry with peace (2) fear with trust (3) uncertainty with hope (4) bitterness with forgiveness (5) shackles with open doors (6) sadness with joy (7) indifference with compassion (8) lies with truth (9) orphaned with loved child (10) lost with found (11) blind with now can see (12) division with reconciliation (13) striving with grace (14) brokenness with restoration (15) pride with humility (16) weakness with strength (17) death with life (18) hate with love (19 fatigue with rest (20) coke (aka: pop) with water (21) sedentary with movement
Now ask yourself, what is taking up space in my heart and does it need replacing? At first glance, the replacement cost may seem high or uncomfortable but know the end result of a transformed heart, renewed identity and healed relationships is worth every effort. Let us not hesitate nor accumulate…or maybe better stated, “…do no grow weary in doing good…throw off everything that hinders and run with endurance the race marked out for you, fixing your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith…” (Gal. 6:9 & Heb. 12:1-2)

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