I have been in the people helping field for more than three decades. As I write these words, I blink in disbelief. It seems like only yesterday when I graduated from Indiana University—Bloomington.
Over these three decades, I have written more than 30 books of faith, encouragement and thought pieces. If there is one thing in my work career and life that is constant, it is my daily writing and behavioral routine. Although many view my work regiment as Spartan like, I view writing as a form of holding a discussion, friendly chat or teaching moment with readers through the written word. I have a passion for writing that will proclaim the Glory of God and am persuasive. As earlier stated, I’m up early each morning to write down thoughts for an hour before jogging and preparing for work. Though regimented, there are times when thoughts and words will not materialize. On occasion, I fall asleep or ask for divine direction when stuck. Sometimes they are answered. Most of the time they are not.
The fact is that all of us lead busy lives. Seldom are we prepared to perform our tasks to the extent that we would like. But morning arrives and we have to go to work, earn a living, go to school to learn, provide needed products and services, parent children, repair things or beautify our environment. In spite of how we feel or our lack of preparation, we go on because we know we must succeed for our family and those who depend upon us.
At a time, I sued to feel guilty about no being as ready for work as I believe I should have been. After all, hadn’t my high school teachers at Scecina Memorial High School said that I should spend an hour in study or preparation for every three hours in the classroom? I also received this principle from actives when I became a Sigma Pi pledge. But what about the other activities that demand my time and attention?
After graduating from college and serving in the United States Army for a few years, I have come to recognize that excellence is found in the balance between doing the very best I can do and accepting the fact that there will always be more to accomplish at the end of the day.
In the Book of Genesis, it is written that God created the world in six days and “it was very good”. But God was not finished. God at that time and still to this day was working. It is not that God has made mistakes or could not foresee the future. We Christians know God is all-knowing and perfect. God is living, always at work, still perfecting His creative work and His creations. In spite of His Christian and non-Christian human critics, God is in the process of bringing humanity, history and the imperfect to perfection. When He will do this is His concern. If God is still not through, perhaps the is hope for humanity and those who trust that God knows exactly what He is doing with our lives in spite all the whining and crying we do to be like Him—perfect!