Work in progress?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you a work in progress, or have you reached your ultimate level of achievement in life? If you think about what might yet go wrong, you never take a chance to find out. How sad and lonely a life that would be. Don’t we just need to give it a try, even when the outcome is uncertain?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Elbert Hubbard, a man whose writings I've long admired, once wrote this: "Do not take life too seriously; you will never man whose writings I've long admired, once wrote this: "Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive." As you and I begin another New Year, that's profitable advice. In a way it's like standing atop a snow- covered hill just ready to leap into that saucer or fall onto that sled. If we think about everything that could go wrong on the way down, we'd never sled down another hill. It's the fun and excitement that draws us on and gives us the energy to make that run.

Think about all that could go wrong and chances are you'll never take the chance. How sad and lonely a life that would be. Sometimes we just need to give it a try, even when the outcome is uncertain.

Here's a story: "Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski con- cert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked "NO ADMITTANCE." When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit. Keep Playing." Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized." (Joseph Mazella)

That's the way it is with our Heavenly Father. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't exactly graceful flowing music. But with the hand of the Master, our life's work truly can be beautiful. Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing." Know that His strong hands are there helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces. Remember, God doesn't call the equipped; He equips the called. And He'll always be there to love and guide you on to great things. So, if you're standing on top of life's hill today wondering whether you can make the passage, remember, you won't do it alone; God is there. Don't look back; it's no time to quit.

We pray. Dear Lord. Thank You for beginning a good work in me, and being faithful to complete it.

Thank you for being greater than any spiritual force roaming this earth; greater than anything or anyone waging war in the heavenlies. Oh Lord, do not let me grow weary in doing good. Remind me of Your rewarding character. Refuel my faith with holy passion. Keep me on paths of righteousness. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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