Work In Progress (WIP) is an acronym used by writers for that manuscript they continue to work on for months and sometimes years. It stands for the novel they are hoping will hit the best-seller list or the non-fiction work that will change a life.
Lately, I have used this same term for my website. If you are reading this blog, you will certainly see the many things that need to be tweaked and worked – all of which is a huge learning experience for me. Thankfully, God has blessed me with some smart friends and a brilliant brother – all of whom assist me when I am just at my wits end. HTML code, stylesheets, really? I never in a million years ever thought I would have anything to do with such things, certainly not in those years I sat in Junior High and worked on my Commodore 64.
I have come a long way, baby, but thankfully I am not finished yet either. I too am a Work In Progress – and how thankful I am. God probably looks at me much like I do my website right now and thinks, “Well, I need to tweak this…and this doesn’t look just right.” Just like my website, I am pretty functional, but not wholly complete, nor perfectly beautiful. I see in my mind what I want the website to be, but I will probably forever be tweaking. God will continue to tweak me too until that day I meet Him face-to-face.
I look in the mirror and see the many areas that should certainly be altered, chiseled, sanded, painted, or just broken so He can start over. But I also see the beauty in what He has made me. I know where I was when I found Him, and I know what I was. I am not that person anymore, thank the LORD! He has brought me so far and done so much in me. It makes me so excited to see what He is going to do next. What part will He work on tomorrow? What flaw will we smooth out? What will I be next year? Or five years from now? Or even ten? Who knows – what He has done so far is truly miraculous.
All of this reminds me of a song my mom used to sing to us as children, “He’s Still Working on Me.” I have pasted the words below, because although it is a child’s song it rings very true for adults as well.
He’s still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be, He’s still working on me.
1. There really ought to be a sign upon my heart,
Don’t judge me yet, there’s an unfinished part.
But I’ll be perfect just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands.
2. In the mirror of His Word reflections that I see
Make me wonder why He never gave up on me.
He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He’s the Potter, I’m the clay.
Praying we remember Philippians 1:6b today: “…that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Thankful today that He is still working on me…and knows more about me than I do about websites :).
ps. Here is a funny little video with the song.