The house had been abandoned. Left alone and derelict. Windows and doors had been boarded up, not cleanly with sheets of plywood but with random slats and planks, crossed and crisscrossed, nails and screws haphazardly pounded and bent, screws at odd angles and stripped heads. Pity the fool that ever takes on the challenge to remove them.
And yet there he stood, “the fool” with a tool Kit in one hand and the deed in the other. He looked long and hard at the old place. He walked around it slowly looking it up and down. Taking note of every flaw and failure. The longer he looked the more his expression changed. When he first arrived his expression was serious, even concerned, but as the mental list Of all the repairs grew, the corners of his mouth began curling up, up and upUntil At the End of his survey and tour he was smiling, smiling a broad smile and he even began to whistle a soft tune, as he hit the chorus he began singing softly as he ran his hands over the siding of the old house, the dry cracked paint crumbing under his calloused And scarred hands, “yes, Jesus loves you, yes Jesus loves you, yes Jesus loves you, the Bible tells you so…”
Chapter one: Jesus at the door
“20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Revelation 3:20 – NIV
The title of this blog is how to build yourself a basement, but what I intend to write is a short book on how to build your self abasement. Building humility. It will be a book about how the life of following Jesus starts, how to keep it alive and healthy and growing. It will use the analogy of Jesus our carpenter/savior/redeemer rebuilding a house. The house is me. I was a mess when Jesus bought me and I am now in process of renewal and restoration. The process is similar for every follower of Jesus. Similar, not the same, so some things will ring true for other followers and some? Not so much.
The first chapter will be about letting Jesus in to my life. I feel like most of my blog posts have covered that so condensing around 800 posts into a chapter will be challenging.
Stay tuned. As I write it I will share it.
Thank you readers for continuing to read, like and comment. My hope is that I am encouraging you, and that together we are expanding God’s kingdom.