“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.” 2 Corinthians 8:11 NIV
I love to quilt, and in the world of quilters there is a term used in most circles – “UFO”. This UFO doesn’t refer to some sort of extraterrestrial being, it is the term for UnFinished Objects. Most quilters have them, and it is not uncommon for conversations to start amongst a group as to who has the most and how long they’ve been sitting in the sewing room.
While in my (very messy and unorganized) sewing room the other day I looked around at the unfinished objects tucked away in drawers and laying out on counters. Projects that I was once so excited about have been cast aside as they became difficult to complete or as another caught my eye and drew me in to believing that it was more desirable than the current project.
And I was convicted.
My conviction came only partly at the thought of the treasures that could be beautiful blessings to someone if completed but mostly because I began to think beyond the squares of fabric, partially completed quilt tops and patterns that I saw around me.
“What else is unfinished in my life”?
This can be a dangerous question to ask if you’re not in the right frame of mind. This question has, at times, sent me spiriling downward to a place of depression and failure. That is not my intent today. I present the question to you to be examined from a systematic and prayerful place. Beyond conviction, think of it as I did the other day – a challenge – best addressed in pointed conversations with the Lord and with an intent to seek His help, not only in conviction, but also in completion.
When we leave things unfinished in our lives, whether projects around the house, a ministry goal, or physical or intellectual desires of our hearts we don’t live at peace. While we may be able to sweep the discomfort aside temporarily or try to replace the UFO with another project or goal, it will never be enough. God plants desires in our hearts to see them fulfilled in our lives. They sometimes take a long time to complete, and may come with struggles and complications, but when completed each will be a masterpiece that will bless the lives of others, and be pleasing to the Lord.
I challenge you today: pick one UFO in your life and prayerfully lay out a plan to complete it. Then follow through. If you’d like a prayer partner along the way, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be honored to stand with you as you work to complete your unfinished business!
Blessings and peace to you today…