Hello friendly faces!
Happy half way through the week. Thanks Jenn for creating one of my favorite link ups!
I’m linking up with Arman and Laura for WIAW. I’ll be sharing my regular day of eats, but I also wanted to share my thoughts on a verse I read the other day. They’ve been swirling around for a while, and I needed to just get them out, ya know? I realize that my readers are from all walks of life, and I wanted to remind you are all so welcome here. I never want my faith or posts about my faith to come across as preachy because I love you all mucho ❤
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 1:6
I’ve always loved the analogy of the potter and the clay. The idea that Christ takes a nasty, hard lump of dirt (i.e. me), and makes a useful vessel out of it, something beautiful that has a purpose. I love it because it means there is hope for me. It means that He is still working in my life, shaping me, molding me.
This verse encourages me as my college anxieties rise. I have a personality that wants to know everything. I want it figured out, alphabetized, colored coated, and neatly tucked away. With a decision like college, there’s only so much you can do, and the rest is in God’s hands. But back to the verse…I love this idea that we are all a work in progress. We don’t have every segment of our lives figured out. We aren’t finished vessels yet.
Beyond that, the verse promises that Christ’s work in our lives is good. As hard as that is to believe, it’s true.
We all experience tough seasons, sometimes breathtakingly hurtful seasons. In the mist of them, it seems like nothing good could ever result from them, but often, time shows the opposite. Time gives perspective. Time lets you get a glimpse of where you started and how far you’ve come. I tell this to Kaden (my kindred spirit) all the time because she is way too hard on herself. (LOVE YOU DEAR)
You might be unhappy with where you are now, but look back a year, two years, and just appreciate for a moment how much you have grown. When you question God’s purpose for your life, or His goodness, look back and see how far He has carried you. Look at the person you are now, sure we all still have A LONG way to go, but Christ promises to continue a good work in you, developing you, perfecting you, molding you into the vessel He imagined you to be even before you were conceived.
What an encouraging thought to rest in. The Creator of the universe loves you. He looks past all of the brokenness and baggage, and says “hey, I have a plan for you. I’m going to give you purpose and fulfillment and joy because you mean that much to me.”
Real talk though: It’s easy for me type up a post that’s all encouraging rainbows and unicorns and Jesus loves you, but actually, deeply believing that, that is ridiculously hard.
I’ll give you an example……..Hi! I’m Vangie! *insert awkward wave* I’m your example. I struggle constantly with remembering the “work in progress” thing. Like I said a few paragraphs ago, I like to be in control. I don’t want to be a work in progress. It hurts. It’s uncomfortable. It forces you to change. And the Madre and Padre will tell you, this girl does. not. like. change. I know it’s worth it though, and I know I have a Savior who promises to hold me every step of the way.
I feel like that was really choppy and disjointed, usually the result of too many thoughts jumping on the page at once, but I hope you were encouraged. I can not say this enough. Whoever you are, wherever you are, you are valued. God has a good plan in store for you that He will bring to fruition.
Bye loves ❤
Switching it up today and just asking for thoughts 🙂