He's still working on me
To make me what I need 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
'Cause He's still workin' on me
This is a song I heard often growing up. I don't remember if my mom had it on a record or cassette or if she just sang it to us, but it's been on my mind a lot lately. (Listen here).
As my kids grow and develop, they hit stages where they really want to try out their newly discovered faculties. Sometimes this results in some pretty uncomfortable moments where they're each pushing at and picking on the other -- one to try out a newfound knowledge, the other rejecting input and desiring space to be their own person, etc. It seems to be really hard for them to see each other as a work in progress rather than as an already complete -- and faulty -- individual.
In pondering our goals and focus for the new year, God laid it on my heart that we should strive to keep in mind the work He is doing in ourselves and in each other. I chose Philippians 1:6 as our focus verse for the year.
"For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."
I want to keep this idea and specifically this verse always before us this year, so I created a big banner to post up on the wall in our school space. I also made smaller one-page size posters and put them throughout the house -- in the kids' rooms and the bathroom.
If you'd like to print one too, select one of the color schemes below to download the full page poster.