Friday, June 6, 2008

Assuming the Best

God is the one who
began this good work
in you…

Philippians 1:6a (CEV)

Grace is an early fixture in my memory. She passed away several years ago but the impression she left is firmly imprinted--Grace assumed the best in everyone. When walking on the pier no one was able to pass by without her calling out a hello or engaging them in a conversation about the catch of the day. She didn’t see anyone as anything other than God’s good work.

It isn’t always easy to accept those that we meet, or live with, as God’s good work. We know all the weak spots of those we love and upon seeing a homeless individual on the street we may find ourselves giving them a wide berth. Personally, I find that my own instinct, unfortunately, isn’t to first assume that God is doing a good work in those that may be troublesome. But, of course, I want to be seen as a good work in progress!

From our beginnings God saw that what He had created was good. Grace claimed this truth living it out in her life, giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, believing that what she saw wasn’t the finished product. There was hope of a completed good work in everyone.

It’s a good way to live--having the eyes of God; seeing that He has begun a good work in everyone. With this outlook it doesn’t matter that a person’s behavior, choices or attitude seem far from being good. Trust God to make sure that the finished product is what He intended.

Father, thank you for
beginning a good work in me.
Help me to see everyone as
Your good work, in progress
.
Amen.

1 comment:

full of hope said...

Today's thoughts bring to mind one of my favorite and humbling verses. It is also the reason I choose my blog name, "full of hope". "And we, who with unfeiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, ARE BEING TRANSFORMED INTO HIS LIKENESS WITH EVER-INCREASING GLORY, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." What an awesome thought that we are at present being transformed to reflect God's glory in increasing amounts!