My Grandpa kept an immaculate wood-shop. It was in the kind of barn that goes on postcards. A large red barn, crafted by his own hands, that sat next to a quiet creek. Inside the shop were rows upon rows of tools, many of them also handmade. He was a master craftsmen. From as young as I can remember I was captivated by the woodshop. The smells of pine, cedar, and redwood lingered in the air giving it a timeless quality. I spent hours as a child sitting and watching my Grandpa create. He had a gift for repurposing things. He could take an old piece of wood or a piece of furniture and make something beautiful. He would give it a new lease on life.
“Repurposed: To use or convert for use in another format or product."
This summer we had a workday in our youth room at church. We used pallet wood and other reclaimed wood to create a tiled wood wall as the new stage backdrop. We took old, dusty, cobweb-covered pieces of wood out of dumpsters, woodsheds and people's backyards and went about the process of giving the boards a new purpose. It was hard work. It involved removing nails, sanding down rough spots, and scraping off cobwebs and dead bugs. At the end of the day the wood was hung on the wall and it was beautiful. We were all excited to see the result of hard work. The old, repurposed wood had been made beautiful.
Scripture: "Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit repurpose your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy." Ephesians 4:21-24
Our lives can feel empty, they can feel cobweb-covered. Sometimes they even feel like they are left to rot next to the woodshed. I love that when we submit our lives to following Jesus our lives are repurposed. Just as the wood on our wall, it takes work. It takes being willing to have our "nails" removed in the wood shop. Our lives take on a new beauty when we are willing, in community, to allow our lives to be repurposed by following Christ.
Do you feel like you're in the wood shop or sitting next to the wood shed today? What are the parts of your life that you need to allow to be repurposed?