WIP: Work In Progress

Wonder Woman
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WIP

A Work In Progress, or WIP, is what writers often talk about. “How’s your WIP?” they ask. “Did you finish that WIP from last week?” they may inquire.

My Excuses

I haven’t been posting so much for a few reasons. I won’t explain them all, but I was working on one WIP and starting a new WIP.

I did finish that one WIP, making it no longer a WIP, but a finished MS (manuscript.) And, yet, it didn’t feel really finished when I sent it to the editor. I know it could be better, but I had gone over it and made it the best it could be. So that WIP was the best it could be at that time.

Have you ever thought about your life being a Work In Progress?

I am never satisfied with myself. Never. Ever. This often shows itself in the things I do, like my jobs, my housework (oh, save me!), my writing, and my relationships with others. While it may be obvious to others that I shouldn’t be satisfied with those things (you should see the dust!), I need to have some grace as well.

I can’t do it all. I really, really want to be Wonder Woman. I want to crank out books, have the perfect family, the perfect house, and be pleasant all the time. But, that will NEVER happen. I am a work in progress.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

We can try all we want, but we will never be perfect. And, we are not going to be all things for all people. God created me to be uniquely me. I won’t be the life of the party. I won’t be thin and athletic. I won’t be the best mom in the world. It makes me sad, but I know I can’t be those things.

I can be God’s child. I can have faith, because He gave it to me. I didn’t have to do a single thing to get that.

Being God’s Work in Progress

While I continue to try to be a better wife and parent and a better writer, I recognize that God sees me as His daughter. That’s grace.

I’ll still be his daughter even if my house is a mess, my writing never wins awards, and my family is disappointed in me. I don’t give up trying to do better, but I do it from a different place. I’m not earning God’s (or anyone else’s) favor. I’m acting as a result of what God has done for me. His love flows through me. I don’t earn it by my greatness. I receive it from His Greatness.

 

Question: I always wanted to be Wonder Woman. Which superhero did/do you want to be?

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