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London businessman Lindsay Clegg told the story of a warehouse property he was selling. The

building had been empty for months and needed repairs.

Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash around the interior.

As he showed a prospective buyer the property, Clegg took pains to say that he would replace

the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage.

"Forget about the repairs," the buyer said. "When I buy this place, I’m going to build something

completely different. I don’t want this building; I want the site."

Compared with the renovation God has in mind, our efforts to improve our own lives are as trivial

as sweeping a warehouse slated for the wrecking ball. When we become God’s, the old life is over (2

Cor. 5:17).

He makes all things new. All he wants is the site and permission to build.

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