What does being a work in progress mean to you?
Is it negative? Is it positive?
I always thought of being a work in progress as such a negative thing. I thought it meant, I'd never get it together. I believed everyone else had it all figured out. I never noticed the good that could come from being a work in progress. I also never realized that we are all a work in progress.
When I started going to church, I did the same thing. I told myself, “This is a place for God’s people, not you.” I thought I had made too many poor choices, in life, to be a part of God’s family. I didn’t realize how far I was from the truth. I kept going to church and I cried just about every Sunday over the same negative self-talk. As time went on, I asked lots of questions, read lots of books, and worked to grow closer to God. I prayed, “God, help me see myself only as you see me.” I don’t know how long I did this before noticing one day that I had stopped the negative self talk and comparisons, in a variety of areas in my life.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Check out some key words, in the dictionary, for the word prosper.
Flourish physically; grow strong and healthy
Synonym: flourish, thrive, do well, bloom, blossom, progress, do all right for oneself, get ahead.
God loves us and wants us to blossom, progress, & grow. He calls us to make changes as needed and in the process we grow closer to him as well.
Not everyone wants a spiritual life and I totally get it. I didn’t always want to know God. Years ago, I had no time for God. I didn't really understand who He was and I was too busy doing my own thing, but now I know better.
At one point, I was so painfully shy. I allowed my fear to be an obstacle that got in the way of meeting new people and having new experiences. After a lot of of self-care, digging deep, and making time with Jesus, I was able to step forward and make changes that have truly helped me grow. I am continuously striving to grow personally and spiritually.
I have a relationship with Him and it has changed my life. I am a work in progress & still loved by God. He is cheering me on and he is cheering you on too. So what are your thoughts? Where are you spiritually today? There are no wrong answers.
While thinking about being a work in progress, give thought to your achievements as well. In what areas are you excited to see how far you’ve come? Where have you seen growth in yourself? Keeping in mind these achievements and strengths, what fears & obstacles have gotten in the way of you moving forward in the past? Make a mental note of this, and be aware of them in the future.
Being a work in progress means you are not staying the same. While you are perfectly fine just the way you are, you are always changing and progressing to be in alignment with God. Think about steps you can take to move forward. They don’t have to be giant steps. They can be simple baby steps. Anything is a step forward. Stepping out can be scary and difficult but it is also so rewarding.
Being a work in progress, to me, means that I know I have not arrived, I am not perfect. I am better than I was but I still have a lot of personal and spiritual growing to do. We all do, but we are also all in this together.
Have a fabulous week and take care of you!