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Friday, February 10, 2012

Repurposing: A Love Story

Repurposing (or restoring) is near and dear to my heart. 
My love for it, and the back story, is something that I'd really like to share with my readers. 
Recently, John and I picked up a chair at goodwill for $4.50 while visiting my parents. It was love at first sight for me and I immediately began begging and pleading with him to have it. John saw an old, beaten up chair that would be extremely hard to get into the back of my car and haul back to our city with our luggage and bird.
But I saw something entirely different.
We had a bit of a disagreement about whether or not the chair was coming home with us. It wasn't strong or loud, I just wanted the chair and John couldn't understand what in the world we'd do with it. He relented in the end because it was so inexpensive and he admitted that he can never understand what I'll do with a project until it's finished, so he'd just have to trust me. He can never see the project through my eyes.
That led to an entire discussion between us about why I repurpose. I've stated before that when we create, we're like God since he's a creator. But I also feel a little closer to him when I repurpose as well. For me, it's about seeing something through the eyes of potential (la vie en rose) instead of the eyes of immediate. In the immediate, a lot of the things I've repurposed looked like junk.
They were dirty.
They were cheap.
They were cast aside.
They were considered valueless. 
I think that happens with people often, too. We look at a person and make judgments about them based on what we can see with our immediate eyes. But God looks deeper than that. He sees their potential and he loves them. They aren't dirty, cheap or valueless. They're beautiful. 
They're so important that he doesn't mind taking the time to clean them up, invest in them and maximize their potential. 
So, when I see a piece of discarded "junk", I try to see it through a different set of eyes. I like spending the time to make it beautiful again. 
Sometimes I like to imagine that God is doing the same thing with me. I'm still a work in progress... being slowly, carefully and lovingly crafted into something beautiful. It's a nice reminder for when I feel used up, dirty, incapable or frustrated. 
Have a brilliant day, and take some time to think about what God is fashioning you into. Remember as you encounter people to see them through different eyes.
As always, thanks for reading.

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