Looking Back on Our Work - Saturday's Dose - 5th January 2013

Saturday's Dose - 5th January 2013

Looking Back on Our Work

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. - Genesis 1:31.

My first project as a young adult living alone was installing a shelf in my kitchen. I'd never even held a hammer or a power screwdriver before. I was so afraid the finished product would fall off the wall once I set something on it. The macho fellows at the hardware store tried to convince me that this was not a job for a young woman.

My need for the shelf overshadowed doubts I had about my capabilities. At the time, I couldn't afford to pay someone to do it for me, and no one offered to do it free. I purchased everything I thought I would need and set to work. In less than an hour, I had figured out how to use the tools, and a sturdy, level shelf displayed all my spices.

From there, I stripped the wallpaper in my bedroom and bathroom, painted the bedroom, and hung a border near the ceiling. I wallpapered the bathroom, which was tiny and had nearly as many corners as the streets of Chicago; yet the wallpaper seams met perfectly. I went from one project to the next, thrilled at the new look my home was taking on, and gaining confidence in learning new skills.

If I had looked back at the installation of that first shelf and found it to be a little crooked or not secured well, I might have skipped the other projects. Admiring my work at my work at the end of each project gave me the confidence I needed to begin the next project.

We inherit that trait from God. At the end of each day, God looked back on his work and admired it, seeing that it was good. See Genesis 1, verses 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, and 31. If it hadn't been good, he would have fixed what was wrong. But our God is awesome. He got it right the first time.

When he finished all the work, he looked back on the entire project as one piece and saw that it was very good.

He modeled this pattern for us. We need to admire and evaluate what we do. Looking back on our work helps us recognize the types of mistakes we make, helps us prevent repeating them, and keeps us focused on our goals.

Prayer: Almighty God, how often we forget that you have a purpose for each of our projects. We do many things without thinking, without looking back to evaluate, and we often repeat our mistakes. Help us remember to evaluate what we do, so we live with purpose. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team