Last week my family moved from our home of twenty years– the home that I grew up in–into a house that we recently built. As we’re adjusting to the new environment, decorating is a large component of our effort to make this house feel more like home. But decorating a house CAN BE EXPENSIVE. We’ve been finding ways to save a little money here and there, making what was once old feel like new.
This DIY project is simple enough for non-handy clumsies (like myself) to accomplish. All you need is an old cushioned chair, scissors, a staple gun, and a few yards of fabric (make sure to buy extra in case you need to replace it later).
We recovered a desk chair and a bench that were both looking a little sad. Choosing inexpensive new fabrics made the chairs appear new and match our new color schemes. What turned into a fun family project left us with what felt like new items for much less money. A little creativity, and we were also able to avoid contributing more to the Earth’s waste!
Covering these old, worn, and dirty cushions with newer fabrics made me think of the many areas in my life that I try to cover with “better fabrics”. I continually convince myself that I am not good enough. I am not skilled enough for that job. I am not pretty enough for that man. I am not funny enough for those girls. I am not significant enough to have a voice. I am not good enough for God’s plans.
And the list goes on. The point is, we are continually told to create our own identities…to “be ourselves”. But in the effort to “be myself”, I end up crafting different identities to please different groups of people or to fit different situations. Layers upon layers of personality fabrics to present the correct “better” person for each moment.
But the reality is, no matter how many layers we put on, the underlying insecurities remain. We still search for one solid identity that will be “good enough”. Our layers can never do what Christ’s work on the cross provides. Jesus does not merely cover, He washes. The old is completely replaced with new. The soiled layers are pulled away and a new surface is carefully placed.
Jesus Christ provides one identity, the only identity, that never changes or needs to be replaced. Through the blood of Jesus we are recreated, and we ARE “good enough”. While the world will tell us to “find ourselves” and to “follow our hearts”, we need to find our identities in Jesus Christ alone, and choose to follow Him.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17