Gym memberships skyrocket, diet supplements fly off the shelves, and wedding vows are renewed. Yep, it’s a new year and a new you is just on the horizon…or at least that’s what you hope.
After all if you’re able to fix just those one or two things in your life everything would be perfect. Right?
I need to confess something. I used to prey on that mentality this time of year when I worked in the fitness industry. Every January we would prepare for the first of the year and waves of out of shape, overweight, mentally psyched up people to come streaming through the doors. We would sign them up for memberships, get them all set up with a personal trainer or dietitian, follow up with them from time to time, and then just wait for them to drop like flies.
After all, the best type of gym membership a person can have from the business point of view is one that is always paid, but never used. Think about it…all the revenue with none of the expense.
Sad to say, but it’s true.
What I know about you and I is that we all desperately want things to be better in our lives. But rarely do we choose the right things to start with in order to fix them.
We’d rather fix the exterior stuff like fat and muscle instead of dealing with the inside stuff like doubt, self confidence, and loneliness. If we can create a faux version of ourself that looks great on the outside, maybe the world won’t know we’re rotting away on the inside. Slowly we are dying from internal bleeding caused by deep wounds from our past and present sin.
Well let me tell you something.
You and I don’t need more makeovers we need to stop the source of our pain and that will suck for sure.
In the world of medicine there is a revolutionary treatment used to help with healing large wounds in patients. It’s known as a Wound V.A.C and in laymen terms it helps to suck out all the infection and nasty that prevents healing so that the wound can closer sooner and healthier. Patients that don’t utilize this treatment are nearly assured to have longer hospital stays and are at more risk for infection.
You and I need spiritual wound VAC’s in our lives this year. We need this year to suck more than it has ever before if we ever want to start really living. When we stop believing the lies that Satan wants us to believe about what “really needs fixing” and start trusting the Godly makeover that our Father really wants for us only then will we really see life changes that will stick.
And as Christians we know this is what God wants for us and Paul reminds us of that in Ephesians.
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:22-23
My prayer for you and I this year is simple.
I pray God sucks as much garbage as possible out of your life as possible this year as He heals you from all of your wounds.
Don’t let Satan convince you that all you need to do is slap some lipstick on your “pig life” to make it look better this year.
Believe that God’s plan of internal healing may not bring external perfection, but it WILL bring you the life He’s always wanted you to have.