Unbeknownst to us, when we bought our 100 year old farmhouse in 1988, it came with extensive termite damage. It was a major renovation.
It took most of the summer and into the fall to expose and replace all the affected studs. By then, the snow was falling. And, we were broke and exhausted. We just did not have the rockets or the funds to put new vinyl siding on the house as planned. Instead, we covered that side of the house with black tar paper material that insulated the house enough to get us through the winter.
But by following spring, we’d gotten used to looking past the expanse of ugly black paper on the side of the house. You could barely see it from the street, so instead of finishing the project, we used our discretionary income for new shoes, dinner dates and a trip out of state to visit our folks.
Our complacency toward the project was abruptly interrupted when we were invited over to our new neighbor’s house for coffee. The view from their deck was the side of my house sporting the tar paper. Seeing our full scale panoramic eyesore was horrifying! My Hubz and I were humiliated … and ashamed.
Has that happened to you? You contended through a trial or persevered through a trauma. As an overcomer, you confronted the enemy in battle and won.
But then… you settled. You got tired and stopped pressing in for God’s best. Life wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough. Not plentiful. Not prosperous… but enhh, good enough.
You had just enough money, health, food and clothing, cars to drive and home to feel comfortable, so you told yourself it was good enough.
It took a fresh view to jolt us into action. Looking at your lingering project, unfinished business, incomplete work and unresolved relationships with fresh eyes or through someone else’s eyes are just what’s needed to jumpstart action.
Be an overcomer.
We all know we have an enemy that wants to inactivate our faith. To incapacitate us! He uses calamity, discouragement, and strife to take us out and get us to question God’s goodness. Did you ever consider that he uses complacency to shut us up and close us down?
I meet so many women who are willing to settle for less than. Sure, there is a time when you must sit tight, pray and be content. But so many of us settle when there is so much more for us.
Open my eyes, Lord.
This week, ask God to open your eyes to areas that have fallen into complacency. Perhaps you need to:
- Cut loose a relationship that’s toxic or dangerous.
- Go after a better job.
- Reinvest in parenting your kids.
- Do some self-care.
- Put in some time on your marriage.
- Advance your education.
- Fix your house.
Get back on track.
What is it that you need to get back on track? Leave me a comment and I’ll agree in prayer with you for the “want-to” you need to get started again.
Verse of the day: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord. Colossians 3:23
Prayer: Lord, Give me fresh eyes to see where I have become complacent to the ministry in my home, the call on my life and the work that needs to be done. Show me how to get jumpstarted. I so want to be part of what you’re doing to advance the Kingdom, live Truth in my home and bring hope to my circle. In Jesus Name amen
Work in progress circa 1988
30+ years later, the old house still looks pretty good.