One of my favorite television programs is “Flip or Flop” on the HGTV network. It stars married couple Tarek and Christina El Moussa. They purchase homes in need of repair and “flip” them – renovate them, make them beautiful again, and sell them. It is so much fun to watch the often neglected, always outdated homes undergo renewal and transformation.
Could this be applied to people? Is there a process whereby we can become renewed and transformed? Yes, I believe a change in how we think about ourselves can help us “flip” our lives.
St. Paul counselled, “…be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (KJV Rom 12: 2). To me this means that we can look beyond how our bodies, families, finances or employment define us, and find God’s view of ourselves.
How does God see us? The Bible states that we are created in His image and likeness, and that He is Spirit. That would mean we express His spiritual nature. That’s our purpose. The qualities of intelligence, creativity, ability, agility, resilience, strength, freshness and individuality all come from Him, and they are ageless because they’re spiritual.
This transformation of life that’s possible through turning to God’s view of us, helped my wife’s grandmother during a very trying time in her life. At the age of sixty, her marriage ended and she desperately needed a good-paying job. She found employment prospects to be unfavorable to a woman nearing retirement age, but she kept looking and she kept acknowledging God’s always-present love and guidance.
When she learned of a position at a private school 1,000 miles from her home, she wrote for an appointment and drove halfway across the United States for an interview. She wasn’t going to let her age, fear, or even distance from her family interfere with her expressing God.
She was hired as the public relations director for this boarding school and coordinated world affairs symposiums, bringing in speakers from all over the world to address national and international issues.
As we renovate our concept of ourselves–acknowledge that we are God’s child and live the divine qualities of gratitude, resilience, honesty and affection to the best of our ability, we too can “flip” our lives and find all sorts of wonderful possibilities.