Another year to send the kids off to school and watch as they transform from summer joy to the "drudgery" of schoolwork. I can remember so well how I cherished those vacation and play times ,and just how much fun it was to be a kid. Maybe we all look back thinking of how carefree and simple life was then compared to our adult responsibilities.
Since those times our path has been carved, and we live with whatever consequences we have chosen to take. We learned the difference between right and wrong, maybe got a degree, but some of us chose to get extra education in the field of recreational drugs and almost acceptable alcohol consumption. Some of us were apt to eat way too much to decide what we liked and had multiple relationships that all went bad, in most cases because of us and poor choices.
Our education in the field of life was a disaster. So where do we go from here?
Transformation from who we decided to be and who God wants us to be. It's as simple as Allstate says, he is "the good hands people", put your life in the hands of the transformer and life begins anew with a different purpose. No longer do we have to fill ourselves up with things that destroy us, even though we initially thought they were just part or our education. But we went way too far.
If you've followed The Transformers movie series you have seen cars, trucks and suvs transform from vehicles to a weapons. In truth a few of us have become weapons of mass destruction to our families and others, but more bluntly, to ourselves. For sure, not the intentions for us of a loving grace-filled God.
His intention, at whatever point we start over, is that his power, his educational life principles and his redeeming love will make us transform into a lighthouse to help show the way to others who have lost their way. Come to think of it, a transformer supplies a whole bunch of power to a whole bunch of people.
As long as we are in God's good hands, we are a beacon of his light!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.