I am joining Kate and the Five Minute Friday crew again this week. Join us! It’s a great community of writers who love to encourage each other! This week’s prompt is “refine.”
It just never stops, does it? This process of improving. This week, I’ve tweaked our homeschool schedule, rearranged my Pinterest boards, and updated numerous old blog posts. All to make them better, to make them a little bit more focused, to inch them ever closer to the goal:
Yes, I hear you laughing.
I know that I won’t attain it any time soon. There will always be a typo I missed or a sick day that wreaks havoc on our homeschool. And don’t get me started on the system of toy storage we have in our home (or the lack thereof).
It seems pretty hopeless, but a girl can try, right?
It’s frustrating to see just how much farther we have to go sometimes. Looking at the distance ahead keeps me from recognizing how far I’ve already come. And not just in regards to my organizational skills.
Because our desire to improve things might just be another way we’re a lot like the God who made us.
He’s always working to make dirty things clean, broken things mended, and sinful people holy. And like the little song says, “He’s still working on me,” too.
He’s convicting me of my own lack of patience as I correct my children for demanding things and reminding me that toddlers aren’t the only ones who throw temper tantrums.
He’s whittling away at my wastefulness, calling me to be ever more intentional – with my time and with my talents.
The process can be painful, but the refining is revealing.
It removes the things that hide who I really am in Christ.
It frees me to be who he says I already am.
So that I can serve him. After all, “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
I hope you hear the comfort in that verse, the soft soothing of your perfectionist soul. You are God’s workmanship, created to do things He has planned.
You see, he longs to see us refined, to see his people perfected, but he never expects us to do the work of refining. He is the one “who works in you both to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
We have only to rest in his refining hands, to let his Spirit shape us and make us shine.
And, he will because “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.” (Philippians 1:6)
The work begins and ends with Him. Your quest for perfection begins and ends in Christ.