“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it.”
2 Corinthians 8: 11
Have you seen the original movie, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?” If you have then you might remember one of the last scenes.
It was the one where Mr. Wonka went back into his office complaining that his whole day was wasted. When Charlie went in to see what had gone wrong, he stepped into a very strange room. Of course, in this particular chocolate factory, weird is really pretty normal, but it’s still relative.
In this little corner of the world, Mr. Wonka had half of everything: half of a clock on the wall, half of a desk, a file cabinet split down the middle, and half of a mannequin head to put his hat. (Which, by the way, was in one whole piece).
I won’t go into what happens, though it story has a happy ending. No, I want to stay in this odd room a little longer than the director intended us to.
I think of how easy it is to not finish what we start. A lot of times so much of our life feels half done. We start something only to become distracted or bored with it halfway through. I know personally that I have battled with this for so long. I get an idea, begin working on it, and then it gets too hard. Soon, I am filling my life with enough half done things that look too much like The Candy Man’s place of business.
There is something wonderful with sticking with something until it’s complete. Do you know what I mean? When you hang in there, even if nobody jumps in and pulls it off. When you stand back and see that your hard work was worth the effort, you feel a healthy smile breaking out.
It might mean you’re doing less and saying no to things you really want to do. I imagine that if I am faithful with the task the Lord has placed before me, then if God wants other projects to happen, it will in His time. Maybe He is waiting to assist us in following through with this seemingly small project more than we do.
If we are faithful to finish, then maybe there are bigger things we will be ready to tackle later one. When we do these small jobs, then we know what finishing costs and will hopefully get bigger, more difficult things done too.
Look what Willy Wonka did when He put his mind to it. I think it’s better to do a few things well, and finish, then go off half-cocked and leave many things undone. Really, even a little office is just as important as the showroom. Wouldn’t you agree, Mr. Wonka?