by Linda Kozar
My husband and I recently hired a contracting company to come in and totally gut our kitchen this summer. The redo is going to be ridiculously incredible and as for the price, let’s just say the price is ridiculous in its own category. Once completed, renovations refresh the look of your home, increase the overall value and make the homeowners deliriously happy. Of course the homeowners might be delirious for other reasons, like cooking all their meals on a hot plate, gulag-style for months on end. But the subject of home renovations made me think about the need for spiritual renovation.
Lately, I feel like I need a renovation. There are walls that need to be knocked down, barriers of self-protection I’ve built around my heart to keep me from being hurt by others. And there are corners, nooks and crannies in me where sin and darkness are hiding. I’m ready for my spiritual renovation. If we want God’s light to shine brightly in our lives, we need to trust Him to demolish and renovate our hearts in accordance with His Word.
“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 4:22-24 NIV
Author of traditional and indie-published fiction and nonfiction books, novellas and short stories, Linda Kozar is also a speaker and podcaster (Along Came A Writer, Chat Noir Mystery and Suspense). The recipient of the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2007 Mentor of the Year, she also founded The ACFW Woodlands, Texas Chapter of the organization. Linda and her husband of 30 years, Michael, live in The Woodlands, Texas and enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters, their wonderful son-in-law, and Gypsy, their rascally Jack Russell Terrier