The Gift of Completion

It is done! Our bathroom project has come to a close. Thank the Lord! For me, there is nothing quite like the feeling of taking on a task and seeing it through to the end. Making that little tally mark off a checklist, dragging the vacuum across the floor as it creates that last carpet line, or placing the final touches on a project brings true satisfaction to my soul. 

Isn't it interesting as a culture, we are obsessed with makeovers? Something about before and after pictures excites us enough to create show after show after show. We experience gratification as we watch an old house renovated into a new home or a blank painting canvas become "happy little trees" (that was for my Bob Ross fans). It's because there is an end result. We get to see nothing turned into something. 

And guess what? God loves end results too! We see Him geek out over finishing each day during creation. When he finishes the last day, He sits back to rejoice over his work. 

29 And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. - Genesis 1:29-31

While we wait in the world between the beginning, and the end, God invites us to enjoy a taste of finality. 

This is especially important for Christians because we know we are created for eternity, but we aren't there just yet. I've talked about the "already, not yet" space before. We are already living eternally, but we have not yet seen God finish what He started. So we are daily living in the in-between, not experiencing the satisfaction of being complete, and until the day, whether He returns or calls us home, we must sit in that tension. 

As we wait in the tension, we can take part in the beauty of completing things. Even if there is more to do and more to come, we can pause and be grateful for being done that day. 

So go ahead, delight in your checked-off checklist or finished paper. Enjoy the satisfaction of turning the final page of your book or taking the last bite of that delicious dinner you made. Those are small bits of eternity we experience this side of heaven.

  1. Pause. Take a moment after even a simple task and just enjoy it. Don't rush into the next thing before you acknowledge the finished project. 
  2. Talk about it. When we are excited about something, what do we do? We talk about it. Sharing invites others to enjoy the finished product with you. 
  3. Thank God. Take time to express gratitude for the opportunity to take part in the process and the ability to finish.

As promised...

Vanity Before
Vanity After

Shower Before
Shower After



JL McCarthy

March 2, 2021