Progress One Day at a Time
The list is long. A compilation of home projects that need to be addressed. Some are simple tasks that my husband and I can handle, others require getting several estimates and hiring the experts. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been able to check a few things off our master list.
I’m anxiously awaiting the day when we can call in the paint crew. My favorite projects are the ones that make the biggest impact. You know, getting the house painted, or doing some dramatic landscaping. But we’re not there yet. The projects we’ve focused on so far, are the more practical ones. Cleaning out our pond so the water can flow freely. And having several massive trees taken down to avoid any potential damage to our home.
As we work down our list, there are several more practical things that need to be taken care of before we’ll finally be able to concentrate on the projects that create the ‘wow’ factor. Things like replacing the garage door opener. And having the sprinkler system fixed. Details that may go unnoticed by passers-by, but are important nonetheless. In spite of these seemingly ‘ho-hum’ projects, my husband and I know that progress is being made.
My spiritual life is very similar. I’m a work in progress. And the Lord is the Master Builder. He knows when repair work is needed, and He addresses the heart of each issue in just the right order. Oftentimes I’m impatient, wanting that fresh coat of ‘paint’ in order to impress others, when what I really need is an overhaul in my attitude. I want Him to hurry up and move on to the next ‘project,’ but my Heavenly Father reminds me that His desire is for true transformation – from the inside, out. He whispers, “Be still, and know that I am God,” (Psalms 46:10a; KJV).
God’s Word is a lifeline of truth. The Apostle Peter gives clear instructions for growth, “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby,” (1 Peter 2:1-2). When I have a heart to read and study the Bible, growth is the direct result. The goal is evident, I’m to, “…grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” (2 Peter 3:18).
The process may be slow and tedious at times, but satisfaction comes from knowing that there IS progress. I AM growing. His Word offers me proof, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 1:6). He WILL be faithful to do His part in the transformation process. With His help, I’m determined to allow Him to complete the work He has so graciously begun!
Are you willing to let God have access to the ‘projects’ that need to be addressed in your life? What do you need to do today to see growth take place?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know You desire true transformation in my life. Help me to be patient with the process when it gets difficult, and to listen and be obedient when You call for me to make changes. Thank You for Your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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