Restoration is Always Possible

If it’s broken, we throw it out… or at least that’s what we typically do in my house.

See, I’m not super handy. Don’t really have the patience or curiosity to discover how it works. So if it breaks, we typically throw it out and get a different one. Different what? Different whatever. Ain’t trying to fix the toaster or patch the jeans with “kinda awkward” hole in them. Just throw ‘em out, it’s easier.

I bet I’m not alone either. Most folks do this. If it breaks, you throw it away. If it’s too damaged, too troublesome, or too difficult to get it working again... we get rid of it.

But we haven't always been like that. Somebody’s grand-mamma reading this would be totally offended that you threw out something that had the possibility to be fixed. Not because it wasn’t presently broken, but because there was the potential for it to be restored to it’s former glory. My grandfather was like this. He threw away nothing cause he always believed He could fix it. After he passed away a couple years ago, I had to clean more “projects” with “potential” out of his house "than you could shake a stick at” [not real sure what that statement means, but he said it a lot and I think it fits here].

While I’m not about to give up my minimalist lean to become a packrat, I do believe the disposable mentality most of us adopt affects way more of our worldview than how we see our stuff.

Some people start to view their relationships as disposable… cause they think they can probably go find another friend and that would be easier than fixing this broken relationship. Some people view their dreams as disposable… because if it doesn’t happen for them as fast as somebody else's dream did for them, then it probably damaged to begin with. Some people see their potential or self-worth as disposable. For others, their faith becomes disposable, and maybe their belief that tomorrow might be better. Why? Cause it seems easier to throw it away than it is to restore it.

But then we wake up one day and realize we’re damaged. Not something near us… but actually us. We’re broken. We have some areas of our life that need fixed. But who’s gonna fix us? Who would want us cause we’ve got spaces of our mind and heart and soul that are neglected? Are we beyond repair? Is restoration for me even possible? We struggle to believe that people we can see actually love us, and that makes it next to impossible to believe a God we can’t even see could ever love us.

I’ve met way too many people, who in an honest moment, would tell you they feel that they aren’t worth the work of restoring. There’s too much pain, insecurity, offense, brokenness, loss, and shame. So rather than fix it, they patch it. Coping becomes the cure. Rather than believe that restoration is possible for them, they believe they’ll always be damaged goods.I have good news for you today...

Jesus specializes in restoration. It is literally what He does best.

In the Scriptures, Revelation 21:5 informs us of what God ultimately says, “Look! I am making everything new.” Word order is real important here. He didn’t say He’s making a new everything… cause then we might just be better off throwing all this out if that’s what God’s gonna do. He says, “I am making everything new.” Meaning, God is taking everything that is, even though it’s got broken parts and dysfunctional pieces and parts we don’t know how He could use cause they’re so damaged, and is restoring it all. Relationships, restored. Hurts, restored. Faith, restored. Problems and injustices, restored.

Restoring is what God does and what He wants to do in your life, today.

You see restoration is always possible… and it’s possible for you. It’s possible for your marriage. It’s possible with your faith. It’s possible with your kids. It’s possible for your career. It’s possible with your dreams. It. Is. Possible.

If you, or someone you know needs to experience restoration, I want you to know two things today: Restoration is possible and BELIEVING is for you.

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