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Extreme Makeover

I mentioned a few weeks ago about the teenage girl from the little town in which my home sits being on America Idol.  Well, last Sunday Ty Pennington and his ‘little’ crew came to down and sent a family to Disney.  That’s right, Extreme Makeover Home Edition right in my backyard. Well, not literally, but just a few miles away.  Close enough that Amy and I have been altering our travel paths to and from work and soccer practice to get a glimpse of the action.  It is pretty amazing to see all the stuff that is going on around the house – trailers, tents, security for blocks, etc.  It’s pretty evident the amount of work and planning that is put into this type of change.

There is also a live streaming camera. Last night, about 200 internet viewers and my family watched the live feed, and when I shut it down last night, the house only had a floor.  While I dreamed of new org charts, resumes, and knees that did not hurt, a transformation was in place.  So, when I popped up the live feed this am, there was a house  – walls, porch, rafters!  Wow.  It’s not completely finished, but wow what a transformation in such a short time.  I am anxious to see how things proceed the remainder of the week.  Even since I awoke this morning, windows are in and people clad in blue shirts are swarming all of the structure.

Boy, don’t we want this type of change in our lives?  It would be nice to have the bus pull up and say, hey just leave town for a week, and when you return we will have redone you.   Rage – gone!  Addiction – gone!  selfishness – Gone,  et cetara et cetera et cetera.  However, very few of use get to experience extreme change in our lives over night – well except the forgiveness that comes from God.  But even then, we tend to change our ways and our attitudes slowly – everyday. And with a plan,and an approach and a little bit of preparation and a smattering of the spirit, we can become made over.

8-10You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. (Ephesians 5:8-10, The Message)

Keep it going today. Today maybe the day you notice change, or it may just be a day that a few limbs are removed.

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