Many years ago Ruth Bell Graham, wife of Evangelist Billy Graham, wrote about a sign she had seen on a highway whose words she would like to have on her gravestone.
It read, “End of construction. Thank you for your patience.” Reading about Ruth’s life after her death, I came across her humorous, yet thought-provoking comment. Ruth’s lifetime “construction project” lasted 87 years. Born in China to missionary parents, this wife, mother, and author was known as a woman of prayer.
President Bush described her as, “A remarkable woman of faith whose life was defined by her belief in a personal, loving, and gracious God. She was an encouraging friend, accomplished poet, and devoted mother of five and grandmother of 19.”
Ruth’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, shared some of her mother’s words of advice. Anne quoted one of her sayings, “Make the most of all that comes, and the least of all that goes.” She remarked, “My Mother was in love with Jesus…and that love was contagious. She taught me by her example that Jesus is everything.”
A Sunday School song I learned several years ago comes to mind when I look back on my life. “He’s still working on me to make me what I ought 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. He’s still working on me.”
God has a blueprint for your life and mine. His plan can be found by reading His Word and seeking His guidance in prayer. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,….to give you hope and a future.”
It’s crucial that we build our lives on the only true foundation – Jesus Christ. We must come together to worship at church, building up each other in the faith.
The story is told of a man who walked by a construction site one day where all kinds of work was going on – dirt moved and cement mixed. The man noticed someone chiseling a stone from a pile at the foot of the new building being constructed.
“What are you trying to do with that rock?” the man asked. The worker pointed to the top of a newly laid stone wall and replied, “I’m shaping it down here, so it’ll fit up there.”
This story reminds me of one of my favorite verses in the Bible reads, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 KJV). God doesn’t give up on us, but sometimes we give up on ourselves.
Until our work on earth is completed and we go to heaven, our lives are still under construction. God’s not finished with us yet. Is there any area of your life that needs working on today?
Jan White is a wife, mother, and freelance writer who lives in Andalusia. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.