I have always wanted to buy an old house to fix up. Old houses have character that a newer house cannot compete with. That probably will never happen, but a girl can dream, you know. It isn’t just houses, anything old excites me. I don’t know how to describe it. I think it started as a child. We lived in this old farmhouse. I remember the creaky wooden steps. I remember the floors, the cabinets, the built in shelves, the scary basement. I remember the old barns we would explore and play in. I remember all the little details that most people would overlook.
My love for old things carried on through the years. I blame mostly my dad for this love of old things. He would buy wooden boats. We would spend the winter fixing them up. It was hard work. Me being the smallest, I was always given the job of climbing down by the engine. I had to pull out the leaves and whatever else was down there. I don’t miss that part. My favorite part was redoing the cabin. Sanding, staining, and varnishing the wood was fun to me. I felt as though it was our living room of the boat. I am all about making things feel comfortable. My brothers were more into the exterior part. The things that made the boat float. My dad taught us how to work hard. Our boats showed us, literally, how hard work pays off. Putting the boat in the water for the first time and wondering if it will stay afloat. When it did…aah…what an amazing feeling!
I think of life much like I do of old wooden boats. You need to put work into it to stay afloat. Think about a time when you let things go. Those cracks in whatever area of life you let go start holding in water and then eventually you feel as though you are sinking. You grab your bucket and start throwing the water out, but the water keeps filling back up. What you really need to do is fix the cracks. In order to do that, you may need to pull your boat out of water. Sometimes all you need to use is a sealant. Other times you need replace some of the wood as well.
Spiritual life is the same. I think that is where many people get confused. You don’t need to earn your salvation. Jesus did the work for you. But you do need to do some work if you want your faith to grow. What happens when you fall out of prayer and you slide away from reading His word? You will start sinking right back into the world and worldly thinking.
We need to protect ourselves from the exterior things that wear us down and we need to protect ourselves from the things (sin) within ourselves as well. As christians we need to continuously seal and repair our cracks so we can stay afloat. The more afloat we become, the more we can help others stay afloat and see the love of Christ.