My new house is almost finished and ready to move into. I have drove to the construction site so many times the gas money spent could have bought me another wing.
With so much time at the site, I have pretty much met all the neighbors. Carl walks every morning; nothing gets by this neighborhood fixture. The ladies at the crosswalk think I already live there. I can tell by the way they have stopped looking at both my vehicles in a suspicious manner. These folks assume I'm there and enjoying all the benefits of the community.
However, I am not, and my immediate neighbors would tell you a different story than what Carl and the crosswalk gals believe.
They have seen the construction process. Worse, they see what still needs to be done before we can move in. They know the truth.
As for the Mularski family, we just want to be finished. It's so close, but yet seems so far.
There is something powerful and freeing about finishing. No more details, disappointments, or deadlines. You have accomplished the task. Now you can move on, or in my case, move in.
It just feels good to finish. Some finishes are not what we had hoped for, but they do bring closure. Other finishes bring the satisfaction of a victory or a job well done.
The challenge for most in life, is there is always something to finish. We work with no apparent end in sight to finish paying off debt, finish that job, and finish that task.
Included in the external pressures of finishing are the internal struggles. We work to free ourselves from habits, thoughts, and emotional issues that seem to violently hit all at once. Is there no end in sight to this madness?
Philippians 1:6 says, "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion."
Think about that for a while. God began a work in me. He will carry it. I love that part. He will uphold me, until my life is complete. The pressure is his, not mine. This does not remove my need for effort, but it does remove my pressured growth expectations.
To put it simply, he is the builder and I am the building. Equally as important, he is a builder that finishes the job.
Gordon Mularski is the senior pastor of Treasure Coast Community Church in Jensen Beach.
Treasure Coast Community Church meets in the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center on Sundays at 10 a.m.
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