When my now grown sons were in elementary school, one of their favorite teachers, Jeanne Thompson, would often say, “Mrs. Moffitt, you have two good boys. They are still in the making though…”
I thought of this again a couple of years ago. While we all realize young children are “still in the making”, aren’t we all no matter our age? Thank God for that.
Keeping this in the forefront of my mind has made me extend more grace to others. As someone who struggles with perfectionism for myself, it has helped me to extend grace to myself as well.
We all wear many hats and have many roles. As a PTM Board member, a volunteer, an employee in the workplace, as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend; I have learned to see myself, organizations and others as “still in the making”.
Less and less have I thought of situations in terms of “mistakes”, “blame”, failure”, but more in terms of “being in process”, “a chance to grow”, “a chance to learn and improve”.
Grace…so thankful for grace, for myself and others. What a gift to be unfinished! Unfinished on this earth as earthly beings but made perfect in Christ as spiritual beings. A perfection not based on abilities, talents, or shortcomings. It is a win-win situation.
When I exercise, I listen to the Mandisa song, “Unfinished” – it always makes my spirits rise:
He started something good
And He’s gonna complete it
So I’ll celebrate the truth
His work in me ain’t through
I’m just unfinished
As we begin the new year, take a minute and thank God for the gift of being unfinished. Be thankful for having the chance to extend grace, learn, grow, improve and serve in the new year. Hope to see you “in person” around PTM. I can’t wait!