You are not a work in progress

A work in progress.

Why you should stop calling yourself a work in progress

Chances are you’ve said that about yourself a time or two.

I’ve used that expression along with “God’s still working on me.” and  “God’s not finished with me yet.” many times.

I think it’s time for me to stop, though.

Don’t get me wrong, I wholeheartedly believe we are constantly growing and learning and becoming better versions of ourselves. I, for one, am not the same person I was five minutes ago, let alone five years ago!

I’ve realized, though, that those expressions often keep us from understanding who we really are.

I’ve realized that those expressions insinuate God didn’t get it (and by it I mean you and me) right in His first try…that He made mistakes that need correcting when He formed us in His hands.

But, God doesn’t make mistakes.

God made you and me the way He did on purpose.

You see, you are not a work in progress. You are a complete and wonderful work…right now…just as you are…with all of your bruises and scars.

In Psalm 139, David wrote:

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my motherʼs womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made” – past tense. Not, I am wonderfully being worked on!

In Ephesians, Paul even calls us God’s masterpiece.

And in Second Corinthians he reminds us that in Christ we are a new creation. He doesn’t say we are becoming a new creation.

Yet, we so often call ourselves “a work in progress.”

And we let ourselves believe that we aren’t good enough.

Some day we will be…but that day isn’t here yet. I struggle with this so much!

And, how many opportunities do we miss out on with this view of ourselves? How many times does God open a door, but we refuse to go in because of this mindset.

I’m still a work in progress...I’m not ready to volunteer in children’s ministry. I’m not ready to lead a Bible study. I’m not ready to go on a mission trip. I’m not ready to share God’s story in my life with others. I’m not ready for…fill in the blank. Someday? Maybe.

Perhaps, though, we should all stop calling ourselves a work in progress.

Maybe that’s the first step in seeing who we really are. Maybe that’s how we begin to understand God knew exactly what He was doing when He wove us into existence.

You know, I firmly believe that our children’s view of themselves is a direct result of how we, as parents, view ourselves.

And I don’t want my children to think God made a mistake when He created them.

Instead, I want my children to know that they are good enough just as they are…today…not that they will be someday. I want them to know who they really are in Christ.

I think that starts with me understanding who I am.

My children have a lot to learn, but they are not a work in progress.

And neither are you.

You are a complete and wonderful work…right now…just as you are…with all of your bruises and scars.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Past tense.

I really think God wants us to know who we are today. I think He wants us to know the power we have inside of us today. I think He wants us to know we have the ability to show peace and love and kindness…to impact the lives of others, the world around us…today.

My hope is that today you’ll see yourself, not as a work in progress, but as a work of art made by the greatest artist of all time.

You are not a work in progress. You are a work of art.

Stephen

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