BY: Becky Duke
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BIBLE TEXT: Romans 5:12-14: “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: We are just a couple of months into the new year, but I recently fulfilled a “goal” I made on New Year’s Eve. I wanted to paint my living room, dining room, and kitchen. Sounds simple, right? Well, apparently there’s quite a bit of preparation that goes into the actual getting the job done. After only 9 years of settling into our house, I discovered places that hadn’t had any attention from me at all! Dust was everywhere and those dust bunnies really do keep multiplying. Every time I moved something, I discovered more neglected territory. I had to remove all the dust before I could get a fresh coat of paint that would make everything look new again. I have my new paint job now and it was worth all the work of getting everything back to the way it should be.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: After years of serving the Lord, I’ve become comfortable in my dust. Everything may look fine, but after making some changes I find those neglected places in my life that need attention first before God can do a new thing in me. It’s not always comfortable, but God wants us to live in His righteousness. I have to clean out the sin areas in my life to enjoy a “new” thing God may be planning for me.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I want to You to work in my life and show me the areas I need to work on. Shine Your light on those dark places, so that I can be more like You. Thank you that I live under grace and not the law. I know You love me and want only the best for me. I love You Father and want to do what’s pleasing in Your sight and You see all. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I have been happily married to Randy Duke for over 30 years. We have two grown children: Cameron – 28 and Lauren – 25. I have an alteration business in my home which keeps me pretty busy. I enjoy reading, crafts, and friends.