How do we know a thing is done?
How do we know when we are finished?
A thing in the making.
Think about biscuits in the oven. How do we know they are done? They are brown, with a slightly crunchy texture on the outside and flaky layers of goodness on the inside. Best served hot, as my preference, with melty butter and Mr. Tacket’s, (the Latin teacher) apricot jam. Mmmmm. Indeed, most delicious.
What does this have to do with anything being done?
Last Friday, one of my high school students said, “Senior year is pointless. I am done. I could go to college right now and I would be fine.”
So many times we feel “done” before we actually are ready to come out of the oven. Maybe, work is so difficult because someone does not respect us and we feel abused. Sometimes, we want our children to fly freely from the security of the nest, but their wings are not yet strong enough to support the weight of their existence. Often, in a marriage or committed relationship we want to be done because the conflict is too consistent and too painful. How do we know when we are DONE? Like a biscuit in the oven.
There are defiantly times we need to take the biscuits out, separate from our loved ones, leave one job for another or stop painting to prevent overworking the surface. How do we know that time has arrived?
14 Ways to Know it is Time to Leave Your Job
Biblical Source for Knowing when to Leave a Spouse
How to Stop Being an Enabling Parent
All the links above are particular to certain situations. Is there a patterned approach in ANY situation to discover whether you are done or not? YES, there is.
Praise: Begin by praising God for the dog, child, spouse, food, painting, job with which you wish to be done. God, I praise you for this job. I don’t feel fulfilled, but I praise you for the job. God, I praise you for my husband. I don’t feel loved, but I praise you for my husband. This dog is driving me nuts, but I praise you for the dog.
Praise God for His Presence in the Thing: God, I praise you for the fact that you are in my marriage. God, I praise you for being in my art, in my job, in my relationship with my child…
Praise God for His Strength& Wisdom: God, I know you are here with me and will give me all I need to live and love in my marriage, in my parenting, with this stupid disobedient dog… You will show me how to train the bad dog or recalcitrant child.
Remember, God has a time for everything. He has a time for the beginning and a time for the end. Therefore, ASK Him for when you need to be done. He is for you.
Always ask God to help you over the hump. Then you can take the biscuits out of the oven when they are perfectly DONE. And know with confidence when that time is upon you.
Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this, that He will complete it in you until the day of Jesus Christ.
2Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith
John 19:30 Jesus said, “It is finished”
As always click all the links for powerful answers to questions about “being done.”