I already talked about how much brighter my home is since I replaced the lightbulbs, but I realized something else. I am so used to the work-arounds that I keep forgetting that the light is fixed. I will walk into my kitchen and turn on the light over the stovetop and the light over the sink and completely forget the the overhead light is functioning now. I don't have continue using the other two lights, which really don't give me the amount of light I need, even combined.
Sometimes, we do this in other areas of our lives as well. God heals a broken relationship, a sordid past, or whatever other damaged pieces are of our lives, and yet, we continue to walk around as though things are still awry. We continue to rely on our work-arounds rather than being confident in knowing that God had mended our woounds, forgiven us, and set us on a path to live out His plan for us.
Maybe it is just habit to fall into our old ways. Or, maybe we don't even go back to the old ways, but we still cannot acknowledge God's gift of grace, so we live under a cloud of doubt and darkness. I think we sometimes don't really believe that we can be fixed. But, as we read in the Bible, the first step to being made whole is the desire to be made whole. Therefore, once you have given your brokenness over to God and He has healed you, you can walk in that light. It's done!
You no longer have to depend on the shortcuts and old habits that you used to "get by." Now, you can walk in victory and GET BUSY! Be about God's business for your new, whole, complete life. And, even if you experience a setback, don't forget the fix! Ms. EV