A Work in Progress
by Emily Marszalek
(2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV).
“Well that’s not very Christian-like,” my fiancé Nick told me after I half-jokingly expressed my desire to lash out at an irritating coworker.
Although Nick’s responded in a playful tone, his words cut deep. I knew he was right. I reflected on my past behaviors. From repeated grumblings about coworkers to losing my temper with drivers on the road, I was reminded of just how un-Christ-like I can be. A veil of shame instantly settled on my heart.
Nick is right, I thought, I’m a complete hypocrite! Who am I to write articles encouraging others on the Christian walk when I’m such a terrible Christian?
I felt like a fraud.
In the midst of my questioning, God reminded me of the truth. No matter how long I’ve been a Christian or how I strive to imitate Christ, I will never meet his perfect standard.
I will make mistakes. I will fail.
As I continue to grow in Christ, however, my thoughts will increasingly mirror his thoughts and my heart will better reflect his.
As 2 Corinthians 3:18 advises, we are being transformed into Christ’s image. Transformation is a process—perhaps a longer one for people like me!
Much like we reshape and edit the stories and articles we write to transform them into their best, God continually shapes and reworks us—our hearts, attitudes, and behaviors. And just as we are a work in progress, those we seek to reach and encourage through our writing are works in progress too. Our readers benefit when we continue to share not only our triumphs, but also our failures.
We are all works in progress, molded by our creator.
Dear God, thank you for continually shaping and transforming me into a better representation of you. Help remind me that although I may frequently stumble and fall as I seek to emulate you, you will help me up, enabling me to continue down the path you have called me.
Emily Marszalek enjoys the simple pleasures in life with her best friend, Nick, and their two Goldendoodles, Charlie and Lucy, in the Pacific Northwest.