Half-Finished Projects

Half-finished projects.  I hate them.

They ridicule with their blank pages, frustrated progress, and vacant ideas.

They clutter up the progress chart.

They look like unfinished lesson plans.

Unreturned phone calls.

Writing projects scribbled with chicken scratches.

Speaking engagements with no words to speak.

Laundry.  Bills.  Errands.

They all stare at me with condemning eyes.

“Can’t you just let me check a box!” I scream.  I like checking boxes–having things done, completed, finished.  I feel good when I can move on to the next challenge.

But there’s no feeling good here now.  I’m stuck.  Stymied. Falling behind.  Like a car puttering up a hill knowing it will run out of gas before it reaches the crest, my striving seems futile.

All I’ve done well today is grow more dissatisfied with all that could have been and should have been done by now.

Maybe it’s not the half-finished projects I don’t like, but their reminder that finishing takes hard work, determination, and resolve.    Stalling feels like failure.  Why do we always have to set success on such a fast pace?

A half-finished project reminds me I am incomplete, at best.  I’m still in process.  My progress is much too slow.

When your pace slows, how do you stay motivated to finish?

“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” 2 Timothy 4:5.

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