Thursday, May 27, 2010
I am a craftsman, or craftswoman, if you will. I love to create things. I have started many, many projects. I am not so good at finishing them, though. I have lots of unfinished objects in my studio. In knitting and quilting terms they're called UFOs. I don't want to give the impression that I never finish things. I do finish things, just not all the things I start, and I often start new projects before the old ones are finished. I am trying, rather unsuccessfully, not to continue this trend in my writing projects.
I also have trouble finishing cleaning up the house and the laundry (really, it never gets done at our house, as we dirty two loads each day). I am sure it doesn't help that I have seven children. My mom claims that the best way to keep your house clean is to marry off all of your children. I'll have to try that some day.
At any rate, I was thinking about reading in the want ads once the term "finishers Wanted," and I decided that it would be very nice to have someone come and finish all my well-begun projects. I could have all the fun trying new things and someone more responsible than I care to be could come and finish them for me. I know it's not going to happen, but it is a nice dream.
I have also lately been a bit down on myself about all the ways I don't measure up to what I should be. I'm sure we all do this. I wish I were a better mother, wife, writer, friend, etc. I am unfinished in these areas as well.
Fortunately, there is help for this latter state of needing finishing. I found it in the scriptures. It says there that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. To me right now, that means if I do my very best, my Savior will make up the difference. So, I actually do have a finisher in my life, and as The Creator and the son of a carpenter, I am sure He knows how to finish things very well. I think the real trick for me is making sure I do the very best I can.