DIY Life Lessons

I love a good DIY project, but have you noticed how it always ends up more complicated than the original plan? Whether it’s an online video or a home improvement book, the creator rarely shows you the problems you may encounter along the way.

A good example of this is our own DIY bathroom remodel that we began shortly after Thanksgiving. We had hoped to be finished by now but we hit a snag early on.

Replacing the floor became a major project because our home builder laid the original ceramic tiles directly on plywood without underlayment — a big no-no in the building trade. So instead of simply replacing the floor tiles, we had to correct the earlier mistake to give the new floor a proper foundation. This is how many “simple” DIY projects evolve into larger, more expensive renovations.

As I was thinking about all the frustrating aspects of this project yesterday, I began to see parallels in my own life.

Every morning I wake up with plans for the day ahead. I make a mental list based on what I expect to happen, or at least what I hope to accomplish before the sun sets. However, experience has shown me that this is not how the day will go. It won’t take very long before I hit a detour and then I need to adjust my original plan.

Sound familiar?

Life is reliably unpredictable. Knowing this, I have learned that God always has another plan. And thankfully, it is always a better plan than what I had originally envisioned. That is because He created this day and every moment in it, from start to finish.

“The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.” – Psalms 50:1

Do-It-Yourself is fine for home renovations, but life is much easier lived when we are willing to adapt to God’s plan for each day. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24

As we begin 2019, let’s remember to rejoice in each new day, no matter what it brings. Have a blessed and happy New Year!