“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6, NIV).
Don’t know about your neck of the woods, but orange cones, barrels and neon-vested workers practically rule on every other street corner here. Construction sites are the new normal. If workers aren’t tending to a water main breakage, they’re redirecting major portions of commuter traffic to resurface roads or repair bridges. For the patient, it’s nothing more than an imposition. But for the rest of the population, patience flies out the window when you’re stuck watching cranes shoveling underground dirt in front of a school bus waiting to unload 30 elementary-school children whose parents have each saved up some pithy comment to share with the frazzled bus driver!
Is this necessary? Sadly, yes, but the daunting question we secretly don’t want to ask is this: Is it avoidable? If we’re honest, no.
We’ll do anything to avoid the inevitable. When our world crumbles, like the potholes that form on a well-worn road, isn’t it easier to take another route? We’ll avoid wise counsel if it means we have to face up to our foolish choices. We’ll steer clear of a good outcome if it takes too long to get there. I feel the sting of my words, trust me.
Call it denial, but I didn’t think I weighed that much. I thought I ate healthy. I walked up and down the stairs of my home. How could I tip the scale past the 200 mark? I blamed my height and frame as the reason for being overweight, but when grunts and groans precede your movements, I could not avoid the inevitable. I joined an intensive weight-management study conducted at a local university. I didn’t know which was worse: attending the weekly sessions, watching my caloric intake and submitting to 150-hours/week of cardio exercise OR giving in to my elaborate excuses (I’m tired, My back hurts, My feet hurt, It’s too dark, It’s rainy, It’s too sunny…).
I gave up avoiding the inevitable. When I did, the weight came off.
God says He will complete the work He carries out in us. Being under construction, that work takes time and patience. While waiting, don’t take self-made shortcuts, detours or side roads. Our Father loves us too much to skimp on His beautiful creation. He will bring your good work to completion, I promise.