- Ray Baker
Flaws in Dark Paint
Ever wake up and feel like today is not your day? Maybe it’s because it’s Monday, or maybe its because today is just not your day. When I have a day like this, I would prefer to roll over and go back to sleep, or simply lounge on the couch all day. Most people don’t have the luxury to say not today world, by literally avoiding the real world, blocking everything out and pretending everything is fine. When I have a day like this, it seems to snowball as the day goes on. Like everything you do is wrong, or sometimes everything other people do is wrong, you tend to focus on the things that bring out the worst in you. Sometimes this happens and you don’t even notice it, like the joy has just disappeared from you and you cannot get it back.
When you paint a wall a dark color, something like navy blue, it seems to bring out all the flaws when it gets covered with darkness. Those little imperfections on the wall seem to stand out for some reason once that dark paint hits it. You want the wall to look new and perfect, but those flaws underneath that get hit with darkness just pop when you look at the wall. Its enough to make you want to give up, when you put in so much work to cover up this old wall and all these flaws just seem to show even more now.
Our lives can sometimes reflect a lot like this wall does, if you don’t take the time to tend to things that are underlying initially. If you start with the hole in the wall, cover it up with some plaster, sand it, prime it and then paint it, it will look pretty good. But if you just slap some plaster on there and paint it, chances are that once the dark paint hits the wall, it is not going to look good. It’s important to take the steps to fix things properly, in a way that when any darkness hits it, you won't even recognize that hole was there before.
When we live our lives without putting God first before we do anything, generally that starts to lead to our joy diminishing, then things seem to take a turn for the worse.
Things start to annoy you a little more, people start to work against you, everything just seems to spin in the wrong direction.
Its important to start your day with God in your thoughts, live our daily lives with God in our thoughts and finish our day with God in our thoughts. Things do come up that get in the way and sometimes we don’t recognize the fact that we’ve been steered off course and our thoughts might be directed in the wrong direction.
2 Corinthians 10:5 - NIV
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."