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'God was never about making me spiffy': How one pastor uses faith for self-improvement

Change is a difficult concept for people to grasp. But Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, the founder of House for All Sinners and Saints, wants you to know why it’s meant to be that way.

After previously talking to MAKERS about the pressure placed on people to “have it all,” the Colorado-based preacher is tackling the idea of newness and why it’s so chaotic. In her own words, she goes through the many things that can bring about newness — from reconciling with family to admitting a fault — concluding that it’s often an opportunity for a fresh start. And even though it’s new, she wants to assure people that it doesn’t always look or feel great.

“God simply keeps reaching down into the dirt of humanity and resurrecting us from the graves we dig ourselves,” Bolz-Weber says while referencing the unimpressive manner in which Jesus himself must have looked when he was resurrected. “God was never about making me spiffy; God was about making me new.”

Watch the video above to see how the New York Times best-selling author explains the process of self-improvement as a means of digging yourself out of the dirt, which often makes it messy.

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