I will write my You Pick posts within the next two weeks, but for now, a thought occurred to me as I sit here moaning because it feels like my jaw could fall to the floor and my head could explode at any moment.
I got braces almost two years ago. I just had them adjusted yesterday and they hurt so bad right now. I am stuck on a temporary diet of applesauce and yogurt, I have a killer headache and my jaw hurts. I realized that my braces are a metaphor, of sorts, of life. How so?
In the same way that a few years ago my teeth were horribly crooked, ugly and unhealthy, our life is like that. Before we were saved through the blood and grace of Jesus Christ, our lives were terrible and dirty and ugly. People, and maybe even us were afraid to look at what our lives were really like.
In the same way that my braces are fixing my teeth in a slow process, carefully turning and straightening them, giving me a new mouth, God is slowly working in our lives. He’s fixing us. Changing our hearts from that ugly state that they used to be in. He’s giving us a new beginning, a beginning to not be ashamed of.
In the same way that when I am in so much pain I am careful to not eat the foods that I know will hurt me, no matter how bad I want them, we need to be careful not to take part of the things that will hurt us, or make us go back to who we were, i.e. sexual immorality, drinking, lying, etc.
In the same way that even with the braces, my teeth would be nothing without Dr. Scott adjusting them every month and my parents paying for them every month, we need other believers to stand beside us and keep us accountable. We cannot do this on our own. We cannot live life without God. It’s impossible.
In the same way that I know that when all this is over I will be sooo grateful for all the pain I endured, we need to keep our sights set on the end results. Yes, there will be pain now, but when it’s all said and done it will be so worth it.
Are you living for the end result?