Last week I was on the Island of Roatan, a part of Honduras. It is an island of beautiful colored houses and buildings. When asked about the colors, my guide said everyone who can afford it re-paints their house or place of business every year. It is not only a way to resist the elements of the wind and salt water, but a way to show pride in what they have. This idea was also displayed on the front wall of the auditorium of the oldest church on the island, a church that was the only building on the island to withstand a long-ago hurricane. The sign read, “A time for renewal.” The Psalmist said it this way, “I am afflicted very much; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word” (Psalm 119:107). I can’t re-paint myself every year, but I can allow God to revive me. How about you?
Dr. Dan Crawford, Senior Professor at Southwestern Baptist Seminary, is the WestCoast Baptist Association’s Spiritual Life & Leadership Mentor. Follow Dan on Twitter @DrDanRC and Facebook www.facebook.com/dan.crawford.