Three months of 2017 have passed without a finished quilt. I’ve been piecing like crazy for three other quilts in progress and I started a landscape quilt class that was great fun, but something I won’t finish for many months. Sometimes I didn’t even want to work on them because the four projects seemed impossible to finish. Almost overwhelming.
A quilting buddy advised me to do a simple quilt as I tackled more difficult quilts and piecing techniques.
This is that quilt.
During this same time, we’ve been facilitating our third Financial Peace University class. We’ve been following Dave’s principles for years, but like those quilts, sometimes our progress is so slow that I get discouraged.The class brings encouragement and I realize this can be done. Each class, I start asking myself all over again… How can I be a better steward of my time and resources? Am I living and giving generously? And what else can we do to keep taking small steps forward?I realized my friend’s advice pertained here as well. Go back to the simple stuff. We get so bogged down by the goals that sometimes we forget the small things that add up. As we heard the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare (again), I was reminded that the tortoise always wins. He always wins.
When it seems like everything is stacked against him. He always keeps taking small steps. He always wins.
Every small step adds up. (Case in point – I challenged myself to be frugal and use my scraps for the back rather than buy separate fabric for the backing. I really like how it turned out.)Keep putting one foot in front of the other.Step after step. Even when it feels like you are walking backwards. Unexpected home repairs. Stitches to rip out.Keep taking steps. Even when we forget things… like the JOY welcome mat still on my front porch in April (ha!)Just like quilting your label on the front of the quilt instead of the back… we make mistakes. Don’t stop. Keep moving forward.
Be the tortoise. And one day we will cross the finish line. We will see the beautiful tapestry of our lives as only God sees them. We will see how things were pieced together in His perfect timing. How He allowed us to contribute to the lives of others in ways that seemed insignificant but reaped a spiritual harvest. He always wins.
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. Jesus as recorded by Matthew.