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IMG_20150726_090818330For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. ~1 Peter 1:23

My kids are really into fort making. Every chair and blanket in the house is constantly being dragged into a giant pile. I see that pile, but I do not always see my children’s creativity. I see a gigantic mess. When you are daily having to separate, and then drag bedding back into the correct rooms, and then remake beds for the 10th time… well, it might get a little old. So I got to thinking. And I called Mom. Mom doesn’t throw stuff. She is not a hoarder, their house is clean and neat… but there is a lot of stuff in a certain room in the basement (organized on shelves). Since she saved all our childhood toys, and now has grandchildren who love exploring these ancient relics that can only be found in her basement or at toy museums, she feels she has proven the worth in keeping things. So if I ever need something, I know who to call.

I called her and asked for sheets. They are light weight, and a lot easier to make forts out of (hence the kids always grabbing all their bedding). And Mom obliged me and said she would bring some when she came to visit. But never one to do things half way, she talked to a coworker who informed her that one of the best gifts her kids ever got was a fort making kit. So Mom looked around and found our old suitcase. Then she had Dad run and get a few materials (clothes pins, clips, and twine). And when she arrived she did not have sheets, like I had thought, but an entire kit. The kids have been endlessly busy with the kit. And I have not had to remake beds once!

It was such a great idea, I had to share it. But of course I was thinking how Mom used stuff she had laying around to create a really great gift for my kids. Then I got to thinking about how my husband made me a pallet shelf (a really cute shelf made from an old pallet), and how ‘repurposing’ seems to be everywhere lately. There are shops all over town where people are ‘repurposing’ old stuff into cute new things that you would want to buy*. Web sites are full of design ideas for repurposing. It’s a booming business!

Making a fort, horses are welcome.
Tent making kit: Bag to contain all items, sheets, twine**, clips, and clothes pins.
Tent making kit: Bag to contain all items, sheets, twine**, clips, and clothes pins.
Yo. Tent making gang?
Tent making gang?

But of course, then I thought how God was the original repurposer (is that even a word?). He looked down at sinful man, and thought, “Yep. I can do something great here!” And He did! It took a great amount of work (the cross), but He accomplished it. And now we who believe are repurposed for Christ. Think of the old things that people take and make into something new- rusty buckets become beautiful planters full of character and fun to look at. God is doing this in our lives! When you think of the transformation Jesus can make in any life, I think you can really see the power of God. And I do mean in any life! God’s promises are for everyone. Isn’t that great?!

Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,  but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. ~1 Peter 1:17-22

May God show you the ways He has already worked in your life. May your eyes be opened to the new things He is doing. And may you be blessed with the knowledge that God has a purpose for you! I pray that you would lay hold of that purpose and everyday become more the person you were created to be. In Jesus name, Amen!


*At one store I saw an old bed pan repurposed into a flower pot… I did question that one.

**I was a little confused about the twine in the tent kit? But then Mom (of course) demonstrated its uses. You can wind the twine from chair to chair, making a support for the ‘roof’ of your fort. [picture me watching my mother with a very stupid look on my face]