Have you ever done a home renovation? When you undergo a renovation, you go through many steps prior to the finished product like you see on HGTV. As much as you want to start with the end product, you first need to assess why you need the change? Do you need more square footage? Less clutter in your closet needing more storage? Is it a minor renovation like scraping off popcorn ceilings and wallpaper or a major renovation like adding a room or taking the kitchen down the the studs before reinventing it?
As you consider a home renovation, you must first ponder what isn’t currently working in your home room or closet that needs changed and why. Next, you count the cost and budget what is possible. Then, you factor in the mess and inconvenience that will come with the renovation. All of that happens before construction begins and before you can enjoy the end result .
The same is true in our lives. Life is a series of transitions from one thing to another. As you leave one season and transition into a new season, it makes sense that your habits, goals and behaviors will need to adjust. What worked while you were rocking babies no longer serves you as an empty nester. What helped you while married is now very different as a divorcee or widow.
When I work with coaching clients in a life renovation, we start with what isn’t working in their lives and why. We envision the end result of a changed habit, direction or behavior. I call this their preferred future. Next, we count the cost. Change will require the investment of time, energy or money in our lives. Then, we make a plan to implement this change knowing that it will be costly, messy and inconvenient. But, this messy part of interior renovations is required to get a desired result.
Take a moment to consider your own life. Is there a habit, behavior or season that could benefit from some renovation? So much of our transformation requires the renovation of our hearts. Ezekiel 36:26 is a reminder that our hearts need renovating as we begin to renovate our lives. Our hearts are the center of our passions and emotions. It makes sense that accepting a new season, starting a new routine or even developing a new habit is first connected to our hearts being soft and open to something new. Renovation of our lives starts with the renovations in our hearts. What is God asking you to renovate?
And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
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