There is beauty in restoration. Physically speaking, we enjoy the beauty of a restored home, a restored car, or a restored piece of furniture. Some even enjoy the process and the work that goes into restoring something. Let us consider a couple of spiritual lessons from physical principles of restoration. First, physical restoration does not happen until everything is corrected. Spiritual restoration differs, here. Spiritual restoration is the beginning of everything being corrected. Far too often, individuals have said they were coming to God or coming back to God, but they first had to get some things right, fix some things, etc. These individuals are looking at restoration to God all wrong. Fixing things and making things right cannot happen without God on our side. Repentance begins in the mind— it is a "change of mind." If we do not follow through with the decision we have made to repent, such repentance is futile. Paul wrote, "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death" (2 Corinthians 7:10). But so often, individuals put off coming to God because they want everything just right first. Oftentimes, this is merely an excuse. Sometimes, this is genuine ignorance—not knowing. Don't try to fix yourself without first coming to God. Second, much of what we call restoration is actually alteration. In the physical world. furniture & other items are "upcycled." Homes are often "remodeled." Cars are often made "resto-mods". While these things may look nice and meet our desires, they are not true restorations. Many treat spiritual restoration this way—coming back to God on their terms, or serving God on their terms. In essence, instead of conforming to God, they want to conform God to themselves. While this may look nice on the outside, or feel good on the inside, true restoration has not been made. Paul wrote, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:1–2). In a psalm of penitence, David wrote, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee" (Psalm 51:10–13). There is beauty in restoration. More beautiful than physical restoration is spiritual restoration.