Out with the Old

by Rob Dunne

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For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

My wife Kellie and I recently undertook a DIY project…painting our kitchen cabinets. It was, by far, our most ambitious home improvement project to date. Truthfully, it is not for the faint of heart.

The first step was to remove the doors, drawers and all of the hardware. Next, we removed the contents of the cabinets or covered the insides with plastic. Of all the steps, this was the most difficult in my opinion. Both of us used an electric hand sander and the dust went everywhere! After sanding, you use a tack cloth to remove all of the dust.

In addition to the cabinet frame, there were twenty-one doors and seven drawers. We put two coats of primer and two coats of paint on all of it. Once they were all dry, the hinges and new hardware was placed back on everything. Lastly, the doors were hung and the drawers slid back in to place. In the end, our kitchen got a much needed facelift and Kellie and I are quite pleased with the results. However, it was a lot of work!

In today’s society, many people want to enjoy the fruit without doing any of the work to obtain it. It is easy to look at a successful person that you admire and long to have what they have. However, we fail to consider the time and effort it took to get there.

Character development is a process. There are things in our lives that need to be broken down before we can be built up. Recently, I learned the term “sandpaper person”. A sandpaper person is someone who challenges you or gets on your nerves. These individuals grate against us and cause ungodly traits to be broken off. Much like our kitchen cabinets, old things are removed so that it can be replaced with something new and better.

Rushing through or skipping a season can be disastrous. Abraham and Sarah grew impatient with God when He failed to provide them with a son. They took matters in to their own hands and ended up with Ishmael. He became the father of the Muslim race who have been at odds with Israel ever since. Had they waited, they would have seen God’s promise come to pass in Isaac.

As we transition from Summer to Fall, it is a good time to ask God what season you are in. Are you removing your cabinet doors in preparation for sanding? Are there things in your life that need to be removed and made smooth? Do you need to put the hinges on your doors so they can be opened? Is it time for a fresh coat of paint to show the world that you are a new creation? Whatever the season, don’t rush it. Walk with God and He will make sure that you reap the harvest He has prepared for you.