Unfinished Projects

Homeowners know their “projects to be completed” list will never end. Things break down and need repair. The paint chips, fades, or scuffs. Walls and woodwork gets dented or holes mysteriously appear when your children get too aggressive in their play. The plumbing leaks and so does the roof.  Windstorms lift off shingles and scatter them in the yard. These same storms may blow down trees or knock down branches. I’m sure I could gather sticks from my yard on a weekly basis.

Many of us have unfinished hobby projects—things we either lose interest in, or are too busy to complete. Someday we’ll get back to them, maybe.

Last month I made a list of unfinished projects from the remodeling we started two summers ago. The list is comprised of mostly small items that could easily be forgotten about, or put off indefinitely. My husband started working on that list again and he lets me cross them off as they’re completed. I try to strike a balance between too pushy about it, or too lax. Some of the items on the list are tasks for me to do also.

I wonder if God has any unfinished projects. Does that list include me? In a sense, we are all works in progress. No matter how hard we try, we will never be perfect. But that doesn’t mean we should give up on ourselves. God doesn’t. He is always working to mold our character and make us more like Christ.

His Word offers plenty of encouragement to remember on our journey of faith.

Here are a few of my favorites: “…God who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.” Philippians 1:6 (NLT)  “Don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.”   Galatians 6:9 (NLT) (This one was posted on my refrigerator all during my children’s “growing up” years). “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) I often write this verse on a card to encourage someone whose future is uncertain.

So we keep picking up sticks, raising our families, and doing what God has called us to do, because we know someday our life here will be finished and we will be a new creation, complete in Him.

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