When we arrived home I was anxious to see what was in the back yard. As I walked out the back door I saw 4 simple walls connected together, a swinging door to get in, and a tarp over the top for a roof. The "fort" was positioned in the center of our yard because of course no thought about spacing, position, or anything was considered. Just right in the middle would do! To make things even more interesting this turned out to be a "temporary" fort, and the permanent one would have to be finished the next day.
There ARE things in life that are meant to last, and even grow stronger over time. Our faith, Our marriages, Our families, and Healthy relationships are designed by God to last no matter what they face. But there ARE issues, addictions, people, environments, memories, attitudes, and things that must be left and demolished so that new LIFE can come! The L in L.E.A.P. stands for "Leave the Familiar."
We can't continue living in experiences, moments, places, and unhealthy relationships that have mildewed over time. Just like my wife told me, "Steven we have to do something." That should be the anthem we all live by today. Be willing to make changes, adjustments, and "Leave the Familiar." "Forts" have to come down, and sometimes we need help to figure out what needs to go because we can't see it. That's why we have our faith, marriages, families, and healthy relationships that DO last. If we will listen, we can receive the wisdom we need to realize what needs to be left behind and where to make changes that will bring hope and healing, so we can experience new adventures that await us. Let's get out the sledge hammer and tear down the "Fort!" The new can't grow if we aren't willing to L.E.A.P. out, and "Leave the Familiar" behind!
II Corinthians 10:3-4 "though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds."
II Corinthians 5:17 "If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone."