“And let us consider how to stir up one another
to love and good works,”
(Hebrews 10:24, ESV)
We recently replaced the backsplash above the stove. Upon viewing our handiwork, it reminded me (Bruce) of a favorite verse: “Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, NET).
The area above the stove had been transformed from a rather dull and drab looking backsplash (see picture below) to something that was both pleasing to look at and had a message. However, the change had occurred in community, not by just one person. It took several people, all of different skills and talents, to put this together.
The material came from our friends in Marthasville, MO. They also provided the handmade, unpainted frame, all sized to fit the space occupied by the original backsplash. Our daughter, Sarah, and Katie put their creative heads together and produced the artwork for Sarah’s Crickut machine, and Sarah then put the design on the board. Katie painted the frame and we finally secured the backsplash in the frame.
Removing the old backsplash took the two of us to work it free from the nails and glue that secured it to the trailer wall. A few Command Strip Velcro tabs were added and the new backsplash was finally in place.
Our own transformation occurs in much the same way. It takes the combined work of the Holy Spirit and those in our community to stir us to love and good works, to help us be transformed. Our transformation causes us to be a light that is pleasing to look at, and even to communicate a message through our changed lives.
Thus, let us “not neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near,” (Hebrews 10:25, ESV) and be transformational in our relationships! 🤠 🤗