If you don’t live your life in the world of art and craft then you may not know what a WIP is.
A Work In Progress is something that gets started and revisited to move it along a little further each time.
Here is one of mine…
It’s a crocheted heart blanket made from white yarn with scraps of pinks and reds (whatever is at hand). You can find the pattern to make it yourself here
I have several … no actually, loads, of WIPs. I used to get stressed about them. All these unfinished things that were waiting for completion…
… but the truth is, these WIPs are not really very much about the end product, they’re more to do with the journey. We’re all familiar with the quote ‘Life is a journey not a destination’, but how many of us live like we believe that?
I, myself, am most definitely a Work In Progress. People often think that Christians think they have ‘arrived’; that we’ve got it all sorted; that we have all the answers and are just waiting for our reward in heaven.
But the truth is that we are all on a journey; our own special journey that is as unique to us as we are ourselves unique. I strive to be all that God wants me to be; all that Jesus modelled; all that I know I ought to be. But most days I fail in some way … because I’m a Work In Progress.
Fortunately, I have a God who knows I’m not perfect and a Saviour who has died that I can be forgiven … over and over again if necessary.
And whilst I am excited about my eternal destination, actually at the moment, it’s the journey that excites me most, because I know that living in the way that God wants is what gives me life.
Proverbs 3 is a wonderful chapter of the Bible and there are three verses which give me both comfort and encouragement as a Work In Progress …
‘Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them round your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.’ (v3)
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’ (v5-6)