Last week I enjoyed a week of vacation at our family cabin. We spent the time restoring the kitchen floor and cleaning out the cabin of relics and old furniture. We originally planned to install new flooring, but we realized that the support structure was sagging. We tore out the cabinets, flooring and underlayment only to find termite damage and rotted beams. As the days wore on we finally started putting things back together again.
We also took the opportunity to prepare the cabin for Airbnb guests. This meant discarding a lot of old family “heirlooms” – things not good enough at home but good enough for the cabin. We made some hard choices of what to keep and what to throw out. Through the process, I realized how much we have accumulated in our lives that really is not necessary.
Similarly, in our lives we go about “living” without tending to our inner nature, the basic structure of our being. In a consumer society we have a hard time releasing and letting go of anything. Rather, more is usually considered better. Jesus said, “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). What might God be calling you to release?
In this issue of On the Level, we offer a look at how MDS volunteers are helping people restore parts of their lives, even while we all consider what we might have to release in order to move forward.