If you had a chance to pivot your life, would you?

Since the flood, I’ve been thinking a lot about the families who lost so many material things. Feelings of empathy and sadness dance with feelings of hope and silver linings. Because on one hand, I see the mountains of things that are the physical embodiment of people’s history. And that can be tough to part with. But on the other hand I see a city wide liberation and a chance to craft a new life. One free from the weight of things that steal our attention from what matters.

This past Sunday we read the popular passage from Hebrews 12 that compares our faith to a race, urging us to "lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us.” And while we always focus on the “sin” part of that verse, we rarely take the time to notice the “weight” part of the verse. Because the passage is saying that there are things in this world that aren’t necessarily sin but which hold us back from a life given in full service to God. Things like relationships. Things like responsibilities. And things like possessions.

While I wouldn’t for a second tell you that losing your grandmother’s locket or your wedding photos was a good thing, I  live by a philosophy that things are just things. If you can preserve her memory or your marriage, you’ve preserved the things that truly matter.

And now, despite the pain through which it came, you have a chance to start fresh. As my pastor said this morning, “often when there is a shifting of things physically, there is a shifting spiritually.” So ask yourself the hard questions now.

Perhaps, this is the time to pivot your life in purposeful ways. The scary part is over — it's time to rebuild. But before you rebuild a replica of your life before, think about what you want. Think about where you want to be. Think about what you want to do. "Then every decision you make from here on out should be in service of that." (If you're a HIMYM fan, you'll get that)