A Work In Progress

I am trying to come to grips with my living room being in a state of utter chaos. Everything is all out of sorts. The majority of the furniture has been pushed together in the middle of the room.  The other odds and ends are scattered throughout making it extremely challenging to navigate a course to the bathroom. My wife and I are in the midst of painting the interior of our house.

I have to admit I dont do well with process. Its hard for me to picture the finished project when all I see is blue painters tape and the first coat of paint on the walls. My eyes almost instantly go towards the spots that need touching-up or the areas where I got paint on the ceiling. Even though I know that eventually everything will be put back in its place, the “in between” stage is unsettling for me.

Maybe this is the reason why many of the tasks on my honey do list remain unchecked. In order to have a finished project one has to be okay with the mess in the middle. Only when we admit our messiness will God be able to work on our hearts. When it comes to the transformation you will see through your One Word, there needs to be a way for you to deal with your unfinishedness.

Yes, unfinished means being incomplete and imperfect but it also entails movement because you have come to grips with being in process. The restoration project of your hearts will expose your flaws, rough edges and touch-up spots. However, by developing measuring sticks to measure growth you will be able to notice how the heart of Christ is beginning to take shape in your life.

Dealing with process comes down to where you place your sights. Do your eyes zero in on the imperfections causing you to be riddled with feelings of guilt and defeat? Or does your gaze go in the direction of your Creator who began a good work in you, is changing you and loves you in the midst of your unfinishedness? As the month of March comes to a close, may the words of Hebrews 12:2 bring you comfort: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.

  • How are you currently dealing with being a work in progress? Are you allowing your unfinishedness to hinder your growth or spur you on towards transformation?
  • How has developing measuring sticks enabled you to see the growth that has taken place through your One Word up to this point?

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    2 Responses to “A Work In Progress”

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh my! This really hits hard. I am so down on myself and my lack of obedience. I am just a mess at the moment and even in the middle of my clutter I should hold on to the truth that God is not finished with me yet. It is sometimes difficult to look in the mirror and know that there is a beautiful person there staring back. All I see are the gray hairs and the wrinkles and think I am not ready for this yet. But the truth is God is creating me to live my life according to His will. What that is just yet , I am not sure of. But in His time I will know and I will be able to look in that mirror and not cringe.

    2. Jennifer says:

      Happy Easter! This is my first post ever. I haven’t been keeping up with my one word as much as I would have liked to. My word is transform. I can see God working in my life the more I submit to His will and the more I obey. I do slip up a lot but I have realized that I must forgive myself and try harder. I should pray for God’s help and really fight temptation.
      Right now I am at a place in life where I am just waiting to move forward. Im not unhappy but I am not fulfilled. I feel like I am not serving my purpose, though I am not entirely sure of what that is. I know God will lead me if I let him. And I know I remain in this place in life because God has something he wants me to learn. God works wonders and miracles. I am so grateful to be able to freely pray to God and read His word. I am so grateful and humbled knowing that HE is always there to listen and provide us with what we need. THank you GOd for sending your Son Jesus to die for us all. Thank you that he is risen. And thank you for keeping the world in your hands. No matter what chaos happens here on earth, God you are still. You are in contol. And you love us. What more can we want or need?