Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Unfinished Projects"

I am a serial project starter.  I have bought fabric to make curtains for Anna Beth’s room.  
 I have piles of clothes waiting to be mended. 
 I have all the materials a girl could desire to organize a huge volume of recipes. 
 I have tons of scrapbook material and resources. 
 What I don’t have is the time and/or desire to see all these projects through to completion, which frustrates me to no end. To my own dismay, I am not a serial project finisher.

If I would complete just one project before I decided to embark on another, I could probably make some real progress.  My problem is that when inspiration to do a new project starts, I have to do something then—or take a chance on forgetting about it or not caring about it so much later.

I am tremendously grateful that God does not go about His projects the way I do.  As Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  God doesn’t give up on a task halfway through it.  He is the Master of following through to completion that which He starts.  He will not forget about or get discouraged with us, even when we are unnecessarily difficult or tedious.  He never gets bored with us.

I am reminded of a song from my childhood that said, “He's still working on me, to make me what I ought to be. It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The Sun and the Earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me.”  God is still working on me.  Even before the day I was born, God had a plan for me (as He does everyone else), and He is working in me every day of my life.  As Paul wrote in Philippians 2:13, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” 

I’m so glad that He is still working on me and that He will not grow tired or neglectful of me.  Praise Him!

5 delightful comments:

Wendy said...

Yea! Another starter! My husband loves that about me. No, really. You should come visit me sometime and I'll show you my collection of started projects. And we could do lunch. I'll bet we'd finish that.

Mama Hen said...

I am so good at thinking of and organzing projects, but then I get bored after that and don't want to finish. I have decided that means I am master executive type or I am L.A.Z.Y. I am going to go with the first. :)

Jill said...

I am so with you - I do the same thing. I get so excited about something and about halfway thru (or less than that) I get interested in something else. So sad...

And, I used to sing that song all the time!

Christen said...

That is so true, thanks for the encouraging words about our Savior!

I'm the same way about the projects!

Anonymous said...

Praise God, He is not finished with me.

I didn't get the girls curtains finished until they were 6 months old because I got where I could reach the sewing machine before they got here and couldn't make it back to it after they got here.