Underneath the Carpet
Wednesday, January, 4, 2017 | 2:11 PM | by Matthew Vandegriff
A few years ago several of us at Brainerd Hills banded together for a rag-tag, do-it-yourself remodeling team to expand our College Ministry house. We removed walls, remodeled bathrooms, and did so many other things that are way out of my depth. Looking back, I imagine it like summiting Everest - Yes, we did it, but I think it kept a piece of my soul along the way.
Finally, the last thing to go in was the carpet. But first, our college students wrote their names on the sub-floor. Many of them are now married, expecting children, and into careers, or even raising their own families, and I have recently been thinking about that carpet.
What's underneath it is not just the ink from a Sharpie. It is an imprint of purpose. Those names are full of surrender, commitment, and mission. As they fixed their names there, what were they pledging? What were they telling God?
What if the carpet were ripped up and each one was confronted again with that old inscripton. Some would see God's faithfulness. Others would find gratitude. Some couldn't help but worship.
But, would there be some who would want to turn away? Would there be a few who, to see their name there would mean guilt, shame, or maybe regret. Maybe whatever they gave to God they later took back. The resolve that said, "I am Yours" gave way to a weak life given over to other priorities. Probably not all at once. And, probably not really on purpose. But there it is, looking back from underneath the carpet.
But it's not only about college students, we all face this challenge. Maybe your name is underneath some carpet somewhere, underneath a coat of paint, or on a rolled-up sheet of butcher paper in a youth pastor's basement somewhere. You gave your name to God. At some point you pledged to God a life of witness, redemption, power, and truth. If the carpet were ripped up, what would you see?
In the new year, have the courage to peal back the carpet of your life and take a peak. Whatever you find there, tell it to the Lord. He makes all things new. It is never to late to dust off the old Sharpie and blacken your name in again. The beginning of a new year is always a good time to do that.
Romans 12:2 says, " Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." God's power to change you is not hidden under any rug. Make your love for him known again, and give him all that you are.