The Opportunity to Start Over – by Libby Butts (Brazil CPC Director)

The Opportunity to Start Over – by Libby Butts (Brazil CPC Director)

Libby 1_edit Recently my husband and I purchased our first home.  Our “NEW” house is just over a hundred years old, but we love it!  The house we moved out of was quite a bit smaller than the new one, so needless to say I am in need of somethings to fill it and make it feel more like home.  I love to fix things and I’m a big fan of up-cycling.  I’ve pick-up a few things here and there, an old dresser, a couple of old bed frames, but mostly I’ve been repurposing somethings left behind by the previous owners.

While giving a chair a new face lift, I was reminded of how things work here at the C.P.C.  Many of our clients come in feeling all used up or have found themselves buried in a sea of crisis.  I’m sure that for some, coming into the C.P.C. is their last ditch effort in obtaining any help or hope for their situation.  That’s why we offer more than just material and physical help to our clients.  Most needs go much deeper than that.  So, we offer them choices where there was no choice.  We offer them an ear for their voice to fall on.  We offer them truth in exchange for the lies they have been told.  But most importantly we offer them the opportunity to start over, to start fresh and begin again.  We offer them Jesus!  The only one who takes the old and makes it new.  He is the only one who can and will give them beauty for ashes.   Jesus Christ Himself says, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5).  Jesus is in the business of “up-cycling”!   When you put your complete trust in Him, He is faithful to keep His promise!  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old has passed away, behold all things are made new.”