I might be a work in progress but every day, I get a little bit wiser, a little bit better, a little bit stronger.
Across the road from our house there are 3 new housing developments. It is noisy and busy on our street, with trucks taking away dirt and contractors working on the sites. It is interesting to me that even though the projects all started the planning stage at a similar time, the progress looks vastly different. One site has the houses built and they are now finishing them off, one is still working on the ground preparation and third has yet to start. So many factors affect the progress of the work because they have different budgets, specifications, planning requirements and challenges. They have the same goal but different strategies to getting there and different time schedules.
This is true for our personal development as well. It is easy to look at your someone you know or a close friend who is on a similar journey to you and judge your own progress against their progress. The problem with comparison is that it does not consider those different strategies, time schedules and variable factors.
Often what we see or what is visible in our life does not reflect the progress we are making inside. So much of the progress we make as we develop our character and learn and lean into God is under the surface. We might spend a long time in the planning and preparation stage and be working hard on ourselves, or a project or a goal and not see any fruit YET. It can take time to see the change.
Sometimes that fruit can come in suddenly and it looks to those around you as it happened overnight. Suddenly you have changed or succeed or achieved something but, that preparation work has been going on for a while.
We are all a ‘Work in progress’. We are an unfinished project that is still being added to or developed. In Philippians 1:6 Paul wrote ‘I am sure that God who began the good work in you will keep on working in you until the day Jesus Christ comes again’. Paul knew that we are a work in progress and that God would keep working on us, in us and through us.
Set your own progress schedule with God leading the way. Focus on your own development, do not compare yourself to others, do not feel like a failure because you are not going quick enough. Gods timing and direction will be perfect. After all, God is the ultimate master builder.
“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.”Sophia Bush