Today I learned that contracts have been signed to bring in large scale demolition crews in what’s called a “Clean Sweep” program. Basically, over the next 6-8 weeks, machines will come in to Joplin to level and remove everything. Condemned buildings will go… Dead trees will go… Crushed cars will go.
And in it’s place will be a fresh canvas to rebuild on. I’ve talked to countless families who are excited about the opportunity to start over… To move to a new neighborhood and somewhat “redo” things in the way they wish they would’ve done them before.
In a lot of ways, Joplin is becoming a very real symbol of what Christ does for His creation. There’s a lot of history, filled with both great and regrettable memories. There’s a disaster, a tragedy that brings everything to a screeching halt. And now there’s a clean sweep, literally wiping the past away.
A new, rebuilt Joplin will never be the same as the old, comfortable Joplin. But it shouldn’t be. If we don’t learn from our past, we will certainly repeat our mistakes. It’s time for Joplin to take a deep breath, dig in for a long process and sieze the opportunity to forge a new path.
A new, reset YOU should never be the same as the old, comfortable YOU. And it shouldn’t be. If you don’t learn from your past, you’ll certainly repeat your mistakes. It’s time for you to take a deep breath, dig in for a long process and sieze the opportunity to forge a new path.