The old can become new by Keith Langdon

I know this may put a gaping chink in my masculine armor, but the truth is, despite the fact that there are dozens of available channels to watch on television, covering every subject from Bob the Builder to Duck Dynasty, sometimes none of them hold my interest, and I sheepishly admit that when those times occur, the default go-to station in our home is HGTV.  Yes, I know, it's all about paint colors, and carpet, and window treatments, and appliances, and closet space, and other such things that usually bring painful grimaces or blank stares from any self-respecting, all-American, red-blooded male.  But it's also about square footage, and backhoes, and sledge hammers, and ripping down drywall, and pouring concrete, and other heavy, dirty projects that would have made Tim Taylor proud.  It's exciting to watch the way the contractors take an old, dilapidated home appraised for less than the cost of a day at the ballpark, and do a complete make-over, virtually turning a vision into a reality.  Basically, their goal is to resurrect a structure that seemed to have come to the end of its usefulness, and to re-purpose old materials into furniture or interior decorations that bring new life to discarded wood and steel.
That was the goal of the VMC.  The vision was to take an old building, with its rich history and fond memories, and to re-purpose what most of us remember as Bud's Variety Store, into its new life.  The revived structure would be a tool in the hands of concerned community members, a tool used to identify the needs of their friends and neighbors, so that those needs could be met, and lives changed.  Building on the foundation of the family values and deep-rooted traditions of our community, the VMC will stretch the faith muscles of the local churches, who like the trusting families on HGTV, will stand in amazement at the results of the hard work and creativity invested in this new home.
And so it is with God - the Great Builder, the Great Re-Purposer.  He is very able, and so very willing, to take the lives of those who have been broken, and stained, and de-valued, and discarded, and with loving and purposeful hands, make them like new.  Despite its state of disrepair, no life is so damaged or so long abandoned that God cannot see its potential, and no heart is so broken that His vision for it cannot be fulfilled.
So to restore my masculine ego, that's the story I'm going to go with to explain my watching *Love It or List It* instead of ESPN or re-runs of *Die Hard.*  It's a spiritual thing.