Woman at Work

I’ve never considered myself a very good completer or finisher of things. I am typing this with a half-made bed in my 13453278_10206723497782170_254819067_odaughter’s room, a semi-sorted basket of washing on the landing, and numerous other daily tasks around the house still waiting to be looked at.

For work, I have learned to be good at completing jobs. I started my own DIY business three years ago, doing painting and gardening for other people in the area, and I don’t think many customers would be impressed if I left a job with one or two doorways to be glossed or with the edges of the lawn still raggedy. (My own house is a different matter of course – we extended our house 2 years ago and there is still bare plaster on some walls!).

Team work

I have a friend who sometimes does some painting with me, and she is a great encourager when I am getting frustrated and wanting to hurry through the boring “finishing off” bits of work. Although she has an aversion to ladders and cutting in around ceilings, her attention to detail is far great than mine (and, amazingly, she loves painting gloss work!) and is naturally more of a finisher than I am, so together we make a really good team.

This summer I am desperately trying to finish off some of the jobs on my books that I have agreed to do, like painting a kitchen, re-landscaping a garden, and painting the outside of a garage. There just don’t seem to be enough days in the week before the end of July!

Time Management

I try not to work during the school holidays as my children are still at primary school, but I am also embarking on a new adventure in the autumn, when I will begin training to be an Anglican Lay minister. It’s going to take quite a lot of careful time management and trying to get the balance between family, church and work commitments, studying, seeing friends and so on. And I am sure there are going to be times when I get bored and want to hurry through to the end of it all and have a rest!

But, like when my friend is painting, I am really conscious of my family and friends who are cheering me on as I make a start on my training. Hebrews 12v1 says “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, and let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”

There are many times that the busyness of life takes over – my family need lifts in three different directions, or I have deadlines for study, or someone calls me wanting some work doing, or a myriad of other distractions are pulling on my time. But I want to focus on the goal, the finish line. And by fixing my eyes on the important things, and on Jesus above all, I want to be able to agree with Paul and say “This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause!” (2 Tim 4v7-8, Message version)

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