Wasting a Perfectly Good Kitchen
“Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give you. For on Him God the Father has set his seal.”- John 6:27
I hate to waste food. Even if keeping or using the food may benefit me less than just getting rid of it (like tummy aches or if it just doesn’t taste good). I honestly think that wasting your resources is a sin, but it’s dangerously easy to start living life with a “closed hand” when you are afraid of waste. We can’t let hanging onto those things become more important than our obedience to God.
“Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator . . .” –Romans 1:35 ESV
In fact, there are times when God approves of waste. I heard the pastor from Epiphany Fellowship compare God creating Christians to a baker making biscuits (food analogies always work for me).
We are the flour; God puts us in a bowl and baptizes us with water. The Holy Spirit is the yeast that works its way through the dough. Then, God adds the rest of the ingredients: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (you might think He left some of that out of your bowl ;). Don’t worry, He’s an experienced baker).
Then He stirs us up, rolls us out, and presses us down. Sometimes this is painful and our lives are hardly recognizable after.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” -2 Corinthians 5:17
Jesus is the Baker’s mold. We can’t just taste like biscuits; we have to look like them too! Anything that doesn’t look like Jesus gets cut off (this hurts, but it’s needed for biscuits to be biscuits). And the parts that don’t look like a biscuit are wasted.
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” –Romans 8:29
We can’t look at our life as if it’s for us. When we accepted Christ as Savior and Lord, we honored Him by placing our life back at His feet. It’s His now! God is shaping us to look like His Son. Some of us are slower than others in this process, and we may look like pretty misshapen biscuits that nobody would want to eat, but when God is ready to press the “Jesus mold” down a little harder, don’t be afraid of waste!
Sometimes a friend drops off, or a hobby, money, a bad habit, or sometimes even really good things that you don’t have time for anymore. But don’t despair, God is shaping you into Jesus, and these things just don’t fit into the mold!
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ . . .” Philippians 3:8
So don’t toil and fret over the parts of you God wants to throw away. Those pieces are perishing outside of the shape God has planned for you; so let them! But work hard for the food that endures to eternal life, everything inside the Jesus mold. And let the waste begin!
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” –Galatians 2:20
Since moving in last year, we have done little to the aesthetics of the interior of this house. I haven’t even painted a room, which is very unlike me (I may be hindered by the wall paper). Well that’s about to change.
This is the dining room; pic taken from the living room at 4am one morning. I was lying in bed thinking about renovations, so I just got up and did something . . .
And started moving furniture. This is the wall by the front door (left).
Now the hutch lives there while we complete our demo.
The arrow painting is on the other side of the same wall as the kitchen sink in the kitchen (painting will also have a new home).
This is the other kitchen wall that will soon not exist. 🙂
One more peaceful pic before disaster.
This is the kitchen from the other side. Arrow painting wall on the right, dining room wall on the left behind fridge.
For those of you shaking your head that I’m about to ruin this perfectly good kitchen, you should probably stop reading now.
I decided to start with the cabinets. They are for sale. 🙂
Took off the quarter-round at the top . . .
Took off doors and numbered them with their matching cabinet.
First set of cabinets are down!
All top cabinets are down!! And we moved the fridge to the exterior wall; we really like it there.
Then, I started demo on the dining room/fridge wall. There were two layers of dusty crumbly plasterboard to beat through. Yeah, I pretty much just used a hammer on this baby. It was NOT going to come out in clean sheets.
And when the plasterboard was mostly removed, Nate jumped in with the saw and helped me with the really difficult areas. I think I made him pretty nervous. 🙂 He’s used to my “not-exactly-planned” destruction being outdoors.
That bulkhead is going to be a pain; we’re saving that for another dirty day.
But I can see sunlight in the kitchen, and almost the TV in the living room.
Three weeks later, we ventured on to the other wall. This went much faster with a little experience under our belts.
You can see to the left Nate cut a stud out so we can walk through to the dining room without having to go all the way around. So far we love the view! I can wash dishes and see the front door, the TV in the living room, and get tons of natural light. More to come as we have more demo and then will try to piece this room back together!