I’ve mentioned that my husband and I recently moved. Moving always reminds me of a couple of important things:
- I have too much stuff.
- I never want to move again!
The crazy part of this move is that we chose to move into a house that had been in foreclosure and is in desperate need of some TLC. Why do I get myself into these things? It’s not that I don’t have anything to do. Good grief. This might possibly be one of the busiest seasons of my life so far, but never-the-less we have taken on a project.
There are a couple of reasons we took on this project:
- It’s an opportunity to multiply the resources God has blessed us with.
- It’s something that my husband and I enjoy doing together. Yes, some days it creates a bit of tension and there are definitely some projects (like plumbing) that we should never do together, but overall we enjoy taking something that’s a little beat up and making it beautiful again.
But here’s where the challenge comes in…
We’ve been working on our new home for almost three months and at times I wonder if we can see progress at all. We’ve had to take care of the little things behind the scenes, the things that aren’t so apparent to the naked eye. We’ve been working in the underbelly.
- We’ve repaired plumbing leaks under the house… well actually Merlyn and my dad did that because I don’t do plumbing.
- We’ve painted ceilings and every square inch of trim on the second floor.
- I sealed grout. Yes, really… on my hands and knees spraying a sealer and wiping each little crevice dry.
- Merlyn fixed wiring issues.
- I’ve painted and painted and still have more outrageous rooms to tackle.
- We’ve replaced filters, light bulbs and toilet roll holders.
- I’ve been covered in drywall dust and my new shade of hair color is known as primer.
I get embarrassed some days when friends come to check on our progress and I’m afraid it doesn’t look like much. I’ve been crazy busy spending every spare minute on this place but sometimes it just isn’t very visible.
I long to rush to the decorating and make every room inviting for friends. But I would be covering up bruises, bumps and blemishes that will eventually show through. Doing all the tough work on the underbelly will pay off down the road when I know all the pretty decor is not covering up anything but rather enhancing the architecture.
And this is exactly what the underbelly of my life looks like.
Isn’t this what we do in our personal development and spiritual lives? We are in such a hurry to look good that we put on the pretty “decor” to appear as if we’re all together but so often we don’t take care of the underbelly.
And man, this is hard work. Some days it doesn’t seem like I’ve gotten very much done…
I still get offended when someone asks a question in a way that makes me feel like I’ve failed
I still want to retaliate when someone hurts me
I still get insecure when I don’t feel comfortable
I still get jealous when someone else accomplishes the thing I dream of doing
The underbelly takes tough work that isn’t always immediately visible but it’s the foundation to our health – emotionally and spiritually.
Have you taken a look at the underbelly lately? Is there some clean up you need to attend to?