Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, March, 2014

posted Feb 27, 2014, 10:52 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 27, 2014, 10:52 AM ]
Works in Progress

Paul the Apostle in writing to the Philippians tells them “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears” (Phil. 1:6 -The Message). Presumably, that reference is the inspiration for the familiar saying, “Please be patient; God isn't finished with me yet.” I don't know about you, but I haven't met any perfect people so far. Therefore, l think it is more than fair to say of anyone, including ourselves, that God still has some more work to do.

A relatively new husband became more and more frustrated with his young bride as they were working on a household task together. She seemed, in his eyes, to act indifferently about the quality of her work. He felt she was doing a lousy job. He finally expressed his agitation with these words: "The problem, My Dear, as l see it, is simply that I'm a perfectionist and you're not."

"Exactly!" she replied to him, "That's why you married me and I married you!" If nothing else this good lady very early on became readily adept at sidestepping annoying observations by her perfectionist husband.

Human beings are not without their faults and frailties. However, people aren't meant to be without fault or blemish. We’re scraped and scarred, marred on the outside, and flawed on the inside. That's the way it is. We should never forget that “perfect” is only found in the dictionary.

On her 50th wedding anniversary, a woman revealed the secret of her long and happy marriage. She put it this way, “On my wedding day, I decided to make a list of ten of my husband’s faults which, for the sake of our marriage, I would overlook.” Someone asked her what some of the faults she chose to overlook were. “Well, to tell you the truth,” she replied, “l never did get around to making that list. But whenever my husband did something that made me hopping mad, I would say to myself, 'Lucky for him that’s one of the ten!"’

In our ongoing relationships with others we will get more than enough practice in overlooking their obvious imperfections; likewise, others will certainly get plenty of practice with us. To be genuinely accepted as we are, and not be considered of little use or worth is more than just a wish; it is a deep, human need.

​lWe all have an invisible sign around our necks -- “AS IS.” It means, take me as I am. I may never become what you want me to be. And I’m a long way from perfect. But I do have some excellent qualities, too, as well as my share of faults. You will have to take me “AS IS” and I’ll take you that way, too. Don't ever forget that, thankfully, God is still at work and hasn't finished yet with any of us.

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries