by Bob Wilson Spring is here! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some changes. You know what I mean, the gray dreary skies of winter, the cold ground and trees and landscape with hardly any color. That’s all changed now as everything in God’s creation becomes alive again with vibrant colors. Even the birds that have hung around all winter are getting more color. The male Gold Chickadee has a new gold coat that he shows up in at our bird feeder and a Baltimore Oriole, a new arrival is showing off his pretty coat.
Nice weather is also time for some changes around the house. Did you ever hear of “spring cleaning?” Well let me tell you around our house that means more than just “regular cleaning.” It means moving furniture, polishing things, getting into tight places with a mop that hasn’t been touched for a while. I’m not complaining, I’m just stating a fact. Change is hard work.
For instance, our deck is 21 years old. It’s still in pretty good shape, as far as still being sturdy is concerned, because over the years some nails pounded here and some sanding done there has kept it that way. The problem is that even though I clean it every spring, it is now time to re-stain it. After Linda and I spent many hours brushing and spraying, it looks as good as new on the outside.
I think about how much time we spend making our material possessions look new and how much time we spend in changing our spiritual lives. When you think about it, the process of real change for the Christian is on the inside and not on the outside. That’s what Jesus was trying to explain to the religious leaders in the scripture above. Paul said: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come!” (2Cor.5:17)
In the weeks leading up to Easter as we read and prayed through our Lenten study book, we had many opportunities to grow and change.
When I look in the mirror, I see my physical reflection. I need to remember that only God can see the “real me” and with the Holy Spirits leading He will continue to do some serious “house cleaning.”
Next men’s breakfast: Saturday | May 21st | 8 a.m. Ma Maw’s Diner | Baltimore