Work in Progress

I’m a Completer-Finisher. At least that’s what the personality trait test asserted. One who looks at projects and declares: The End. Period. Finished. Time to celebrate victory or reflect on failure. Either way, I like to tie loose ends into a bow and claim an initiative completed.

First time I did that at work, one surprised team member commented, “In all my years with companies, no one declared an initiative finished. People drifted into other roles or the project trailed off into the sunset, but no one said ‘We’re done.’ “

Ahhh. There was the challenge. Knowing when assigned projects were finished. Did I declare too soon? Should we have kept going? Marketer and entrepreneur Seth Godin justified my radical behavior when he wrote:

“Whenever you start a project, you should have a plan for finishing it. One outcome is to declare victory, to find that moment when you have satisfied your objectives and reached a goal.

The other outcome, … is to declare failure, to realize that you’ve run out of useful string and it’s time to move on … If you are unable to declare, then you’re going to slog, and instead of starting new projects based on what you’ve learned, you’ll merely end up trapped.

Declare one or the other, but declare.” Seth Godin’s blog:  Jan 13, 2012

Christ was a Completer-Finisher, too. Hanging on the cross, he declared “It is finished” (John 19:30). He fulfilled his plan. And because he put the period at the end of the mission his Father gave him, we were no longer trapped. Not by sin and not by death.

However, work remained. The next project commenced … spreading the gospel so all would hear about God’s saving grace.

We’re all on that mission. Each of us is one of God’s projects. And God is the only One who declares when that project is finished. Until then, as the framed saying on my shelf suggests, “Please be patient. God isn’t finished with me yet.” We are a work in progress. Doing His work in progress, on His kingdom to come.

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus — the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. (Acts 20:24, NLT)

©2012 Gloria Ashby. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail.

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About Gloria Ashby

I'm a writer, speaker and teacher. I live with my husband in the DFW area, and close to our daughter and her family.
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