Works in Progress

My email signature used to read:

Gina Conroy
Writer In Progress
(my way of playing with the code word WIP (Work in Progress) that all aspiring and published authors know so well)

But couldn’t every Christian sign their email with a WIP?

We’re all WIPS – Works in Progress.

Nothing gives imperfect, stumbling Christians more hope than the book of Philippians. Maybe that’s why I love it so much. It gives me a perfect picture, a road map of how I should “carry on until the day of completion.” Until Jesus comes.

2 vs. 3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself.”

2 vs. 14 “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe.”

3 vs. 7 “…I consider everything loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.”

4 vs. 8. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

And who can read chapter 3 vs. 12-14 without clinging to Paul’s hope:

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

That could be the theme scripture for many Christians, including myself! But it’s also comforting to know Paul was a WIP.

A Work in Progress.

And if the Apostle Paul was still growing and maturing, how encouraging is that to all us other WIPs!

3 Responses to Works in Progress
  1. Paige
    July 25, 2010 | 1:04 am

    This is exactly what I needed. Thank you. Beautifully written too.

  2. Deb
    July 29, 2010 | 10:24 am

    I too am thankful to be both a work in progress and a writer in progress. Praise God for His patience and presence!!

  3. Gina
    August 23, 2010 | 9:45 am

    Thank you, Paige! Amen, Deb!