There was once a sign posted in a hotel lobby in a distant and large city. It read, “Please be patient. Renovation is in progress to produce something new and wonderful. This may take some time.”

Perhaps we, too, need to wear a sign that reads, “God’s work in progress. Please be patient with us. This may take a little time.” Every one of us is a work in progress. We are not yet a finished product. We are being made into something new and wonderful every year of our existence. When we look at one another, when we share with our loved ones and our neighbors those moments that make us human, if we were to remember this fact, there might be more grace in our world. We might be more patient, and less judgmental, of one another. And wouldn’t that be wonderful?

We live in a world that seems bent on destroying the hope of the world. It judges us, and everyone else. It has little patience with us as we seek to find our way. If only the world was mindful of the fact we are each a work in progress—and so is the world by the way. Just like that hotel that was under renovation, our hope is that when we are complete, when the work of renovation is done, we will be a new and wonderful being.

Hope is not the denial of reality. It is not a simple optimism that believes everyone and everything will be alright in the end. Rather, for Christians, our hope is built on the solid foundation that is provided by Jesus, the Christ. His presence in our lives gives us reason to hope that the work God has begun in us will someday be complete and we will be a new creation. Jesus accepts us, just as we are. All we need do is accept him into our lives. But, then he begins the work of renovation. We will be reconstructed into a new and wonderful product. Thus, we will be able to say, “God and I have worked hard to make me the person I am.”

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