A couple of weeks ago, I decided to sign up for our women’s spring Bible study, because I’ve made myself a guideline to get out of the house once a day since it’s now my only office.
I knew nothing about the study going in except that it was one by Beth Moore (whom I LOVE and border creepy admirer/stalker lines with how crazy I am about her.)
She’s fiery and passionate about Jesus, her man, and encouraging women. I want to be just like her. (See? Creepy. Is it better somehow because I know it’s creepy??)
During that first session, she launched into talking about how Paul and Barnabas were two godly men who split over a sharp disagreement and parted ways for good. She questioned if maybe God had been pressing on them to go a new way rather than sticking with each other and the same way they’d shared the Gospel before- did they not listen, and so God allowed this disagreement so that His word would spread?
I’d never thought of that possibility.
It was so sweet to me, because it was the first week of being on my own. We listened to the nudge for me to leave Cornerstone and jump full in to Greater Than Rubies even though it was not “our” timing, and it was a scary leap of faith, but He’s blessed us and Cornerstone through it. We’ve seen His faithfulness in timing, providing the absolute perfect employees for CNCT, and crazy doors being flung open for GTR. There was no weirdness or need for Him to push us to split, praise God.
Then, I think she said something about not being sure why this was the word God gave her to describe the situation, but that it was ‘remix.’
I literally had to pick my jaw up off the floor and wipe the tears from my eyes.
I wanted to scream at the tv, “I KNOW WHY! He picked that word, because He knew I’d get it.”
Remix is a word that I’ve used thousands of times in a really healthy way in my life- like learning how to use what I have and breaking my idol of shopping and stuff. It’s a word that has resulted in this crazy-awesome community I love so much. It’s a word that has been so much a part of one giant area of my life, but that hasn’t been allowed into the rest of my junk.
There are things that God’s been wanting to remix in my heart and life for a while now, and I’ve been clinging to them like an old top that I refuse to let go of. It’s old, it’s yucky, and it is time for it to go. I know it. Everyone who sees me when I’m wearing it knows it. I’m just not listening because it used to be so good, and I can’t bring myself to part with it because of that.
A lot of things aren’t meant to last forever. They’re for a season. God’s got new, great, different things in store, but until I let go of that old junk, the new won’t show up, or at the very best, it’s effect will be a tiny glimpse of what it could be.
I really needed to hear that that day, and every time I’ve shared it, God’s used it in a crazy way in a friend’s life, so I knew I needed to share it here, too.
If you’ve got something that you’ve been putting off remixing, too, don’t let it get to a sharp disagreement or to where it gets pried out of your hands.
Let’s let these things go.
Embrace the remix.
Live intentionally and invest in the people and things that are in front of us.
Let’s make what matters happen.
Speaking of remixes, if you want to make the most of your closet, there’s a GTR winter (or whatever season you’re in!) remix challenge coming up in February. There will be more details in the next post, so stay tuned!