Monday, September 21, 2009

A work in progress

I love doing home improvement projects! I enjoy imagining how I would like something to look and conveying that vision to those who are skilled to make it happen, which is normally not me!

Here’s the problem…during the planning phase of a project, it is very easy for me to become discontent. I think about what the room or object could become and stop appreciating what it already is. At that point I’m no longer looking forward to what it will look like; I’m caught up on focusing on everything it is not.

It’s easy for us to do that to ourselves as well. We make plans to lose weight, become smarter, make more friends, run a marathon, etc. We envision what it will be like when we reach our goal and then get frustrated that we seem so far from it! Joyce Meyer, a well known author and speaker, always says “I might not be where I’m going, but I’m not where I was!” Praise God! That quote has become a mantra in my life and serves as a constant reminder that although I’m a work in progress, the portrait looks so much better than it used to! God starts us out as a messy, undefined sketch and continues to transform and refine us until we are a beautiful work of art. Our role is to be content as He makes us into His masterpiece, focusing on the Artist and taking our eyes off of ourselves.

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13

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