Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Design Process


Commit to the Project

 

We made the decision. My husband and I were going to remodel our bathrooms; three to be exact. The 1990 carpets in front of the vanities were worn, fiberglass showers were stained and the vinyl floors in the water closets were turning colors. It was time. When our contractor gave us the estimate, we counted the cost and began making the changes. 

 

If we counted the cost before changing our bathrooms, how much more should we count the cost before changing our lives?  Being a Christian is a serious commitment.   

 

Jesus wants us to count the costs before we begin our journey with Him. I can imagine how this scene in Luke 14:25-33 would look today...everybody following Jesus on Facebook or Twitter and He posts…

26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters —yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”   How many of us would stop following? What would be our thoughts?

 

A quick Bible lesson (I had to look this up myself), the word “hate” in this passage is a Greek verb, miseo.  It means to “love less by comparison.”  So, I imagine Jesus knew some of the people following him had ulterior motives and/or were living their lives without important examination of being in the Kingdom of God… so he called them out as to say… "If you want to follow me, then you must do what I demand, trust me.  If you or your family gives reason for not keeping what I demand, do not honor them. Honor me. I am greater.”  Jesus wants us to love nothing more than Him.

 

How half done our bathrooms looked for several weeks. We thought we were on schedule until the wrong tile color showed up and we needed to get it reordered. They ordered white sinks instead of bone sinks (yes, there is a difference)…I couldn’t have white sinks and bone toilets! Ah…the joy of construction in and of itself...paint cans, grout powder, old light fixtures waiting for pick up, dumpster out front, etc…Half done.

 

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘this person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

 

As a design consultant, I would never want to start a project and not finish it.  Talk about ridicule…I wouldn’t have a business.   Yet in society today it is perfectly normal to walk around not fully committed and/or half done.  I can’t tell you how many times I have stop and started this blog!!!  And when we are not fully committed; we look mentally, emotionally and spiritually drained.  Some of us are too stressed or numb to the sin that should alarm us. 

 

Timothy says we are lovers of pleasure, not lovers of God---having a form of godliness but denying its power.  (2 Timothy 3:4-6)  Ouch! How convicting.  Whatever your poison: procrastination, unrighteous anger, pride, selfishness, adultery…get convicted, come clean and commit to seeking God.  Don’t give the enemy a way to work in your life and slowly destroy you.  Yes, vulnerable souls are watching, but your Heavenly Father wants to you to live the best life possible and He is the only way to an abundant life!

 

So as we begin this design process, let’s commit to seeking God.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


The Design Process

 

I cannot think of one thing I have completed in my life without a process.  When I learned how to cook, graduate from school, enroll in college, start a new job or career, get married, have children…all a process; a continuous action; a series of changes taking place in a certain order or manner. 

 

When I first learned the interior design process, I was in the middle of making a serious decision in my walk with God.  Our church was under great scrutiny and so many of my parents in the faith were moving away.  I realized quickly, I was in the season of getting to know God for myself and allowing Him to guide me regardless what others were doing. 

 

As I walked through a newly framed house one day, I noticed the wooden beams and steel posts in the basement.  Those beams and posts support the levels above.  Just like God supporting me, loving me and holding me together…my security.  And at that moment, God told me, “This process and my process are no different.”  And with that nudging, I began to study how God designs.

 

There is a reason why God made me a design consultant.  It was more than just helping others enjoy their home; God wants me to help others enjoy their lives.   How we live says a lot about us.  And painting a wall or buying new furniture is not going save our marriages or control our tempers. Jesus is the only way I know to clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside maintains its beauty. 

 

So, God gave me this process…it is a design process, but not only for your home…it’s for your soul. 

 

Every Tuesday we will learn steps in the process!

 

Here we go…

 

toni