Long Term Projects (Philippians 1:6)

The low rumble of the garage door alerted me that my daughter had returned home. It was late Sunday afternoon. Since Friday afternoon, every free moment was spent at her high school, working on a deadline for her school yearbook. As one of the senior editor in chiefs, she was tasked with overseeing dozens of other underclassmen to lead them to the completion of the yearbook. It was a daunting task, one that she had been groomed to perform by the faculty advisor, for the first three years of high school.

 

Our dog eagerly ran out to greet her as the door closed. She walked into my office, her face wearing the weary expression of someone who had labored over thirty hours, encompassing the last three days. “How are you, sweetheart?”

 

“Tired…” Her dejected tone was sufficient to convince me to not pursue any small talk.

 

“Get some rest!” I attempted to comfort her.

 

“I have to finish my homework that is due tomorrow. I have not had a chance to work on it this entire weekend.”

 

I nodded and hugged her. Her senior year in high school was already overloaded with numerous AP courses, enough to keep any student very busy. On top of that, she had spent the entire first semester completing her college applications. If that was not enough, as editor of the yearbook, several weekends were completely devoted to meeting the deadlines for the submission of different sections to the publisher. She was juggling short term and long term projects. As a parent, I wanted to do everything possible to help her with this pressure but I also knew that this was valuable preparation for life. As she trundled up the stairs, I silently prayed to God that He would give her rest and peace to complete the rest of her work.

 

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

 

All of us are involved in short and long term projects. God is no different. He is working within my life to conform and transform me into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. There are short term projects like daily Bible study and fellowship groups and long term projects, my sanctification. When I confessed and repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was saved. Salvation is instantaneous and eternal when God, the Holy Spirit, indwelled within me. The process of sanctification also began at the same moment and continues until the moment I am in Heaven with Jesus Christ. At that moment, God will bring his long term project with me to completion!

 

Praise God for His grace and mercy!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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