Tuesday, August 4, 2015

We don't know how to paint a house

We went to Sherwin-Williams because we need to repaint our house, and a worker came up to ask what we wanted. The conversation went about like this:

"What kind of paint would you like."

"We don't know."

"What kind of primer would you like?"

"We don't know."

"How much paint do you need?"

"We don't know."

We were open to whatever knowledge the paint store employee had to offer us, because we've never owned a house, and other than me helping my parents do a small amount of house painting when I was a kid, neither of us have experience with it.

We just laughed when we got in the car with our purchases, because the other couples that came in to the store during the quarterly paint sale looked just like us. I'm betting that most people who come in have the same answers to every question, "we don't know."

When you've never had to paint a house, you don't quite know what you're in for. It made me think of the Christian life. When you become a Christian, you have never needed to clean up your life. You don't really know how to go about doing it.

"What would you like to change in your life?"

"I don't know."

"How are you going to do it?"

"I don't know."

"How long is it going to take for you to clean up your act?"

"I don't know."

The great part is, there is a perfect God who can lead you through the process. He knows exactly how to help you clean it up. And the best part is, he will be by your side the entire time. Unlike the Sherwin-Williams employee who sent us on our way with our purchases and some good advice, Jesus stands by us all the time and helps us out in the process.

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