I Am A Work In Progress, But I Have To Work In Order To Progress – Daily Prompt: Quote Me

I Am A Work In Progress, But I Have To Work In Order To Progress – Daily Prompt: Quote Me

“I am a work in progress, but I have to work in order to progress”

I wrote this quote in my journal on a day in which I dared to dream, but failed, but failed for the right reasons, it just wasn’t the right time.

The story of that day and the one which followed are written here, so I won’t rewrite the complete story, I’ll just try to explain my feelings behind the saying.

“I am a work in progress”

This isn’t a new phrase, I didn’t write it, it’s a quote most of us have heard and probably said about ourselves at some point in our lives, the meaning is quite simple, we just aren’t the finished article, we are still learning, there is much to learn before we are complete.

But the thing is, we will never be complete, as perfection is the only state of complete and the only thing that is perfect is God, we can’t become God, we will never attain a level close to God, we are human, we are forever destined to fall short of God’s expectations for us, but he loves us anyway.

“but I have to work in order to progress”

But just because we are all a work in progress, it shouldn’t just stop, unless we let it, we are human after all, we can easily become complacent, I know I have too many times in my life and I continue to allow complacency a part in my life everyday, I know that, I have to overcome that, but I like many just become comfortable with certain aspects of my daily existence that I fall short of my expectation’s, never mind God’s.

To progress takes effort, we cannot move forward just be standing still, if we stand still not moving it takes an outside influence to move, a push, the wind and even God, but they are only small cumbersome steps taken in resentment, not open hearted, we resist and when we resist the lessons often bypass us.

Quite simply, to be the work in progress, we have to put in the effort, we have to work in order to progress, we have to embrace that which is before us and resolve to approach it with all we have and all we are, only then can we progress, without that we just stand still or stutter slowly forward.

This goes for anything in life, it goes for anything we do or learn, unless we put the effort in progress will be slow or none existent. Often when I’m teaching my karate students, I allow them an amount of free practice to just practice what ever they want, the juniors or in particular the teenagers tend to just stand around doing very little or practising half heartedly just so it looks like they are doing something.

So I simply ask them this:

“If you keep practicing hard to become good, what happens?”

“You become good, you get better”

“So, if you practice rubbish, what happens?”

“…..you become rubbish!”

Simple isn’t it, if you want to progress YOU have to work in order to progress.

God has given you everything you need to succeed, he simply is your everything, trust In Him, work hard For Him and you can do anything.

I’m getting out for the better of a notion
I’m getting out for the better of my heart
I’m getting out from a lack of motivation
I’m getting out ’cause my beating heart, it stopped
(Farewell Old Self by Run Kid Run)

18 thoughts on “I Am A Work In Progress, But I Have To Work In Order To Progress – Daily Prompt: Quote Me

  1. stephenedwards425

    Reblogged this on LifeRevelation and commented:
    I stumbled across this blog a while ago and have always found the writing interesting and thought provoking (which rates really high on Stephen’s “cool” scale). Plus he and I have similar histories and like to support any one who has come out of the dark. This one caught my attention due to the awesome quote he uses at the start. I hope you’ll take a few moments out of your busy life and slow down enough to give this a read…I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Be encouraged!

  2. optimisticgladness

    This is my favorite quote from you. Gonna look into the song on itunes. Terrific song. Thank you for this post.

  3. robin claire

    Heah Wayne!
    Very interesting post. I’ve heard of the first part of this quote, but not the second. I like the thought that you have to embrace the work – with an open heart [I see it as a positive attitude] or the progress will not happen very well. Sooooo True!!
    love you buddy,

    1. waynemali Post author

      The first part is I guess ages old, I can’t claim that one, but the second bit I added on, I put it into Google before I wrote the post, I couldn’t find anyone else who had used it, so I guess I’m claiming that one, but I stand by it’s relevance and that most people fail to understand the first part without the seond.

  4. Eagles Point

    Very proud of you and where you’ve allowed your journey to come to now. It’s not easy at all, and oftentimes for us guys especially we have to hit rock bottom before we are willing to release some of the grip on the unhelpful things we vice grip and the crutches that we need to help prop us up because of those unhelpful things. The more we release our grip on temporal or harmful things and allow our hearts to fall in love with the Savior and His freeing ways, the more we have found the secret to life and have more than enough to give to those around us. It’s a river, not a rigor.

  5. daylerogers

    I love both parts of this quote–the old and your new. The embracing of being responsible with our choices. The hope that brings as we persevere. But never alone. My feet could never fill His footprints. Thanks for sharing your heart. Thanks, too, for the follow on my blog. I really enjoy how you think.

  6. thelegacyoffaith

    Wayne, thank you so much for looking around my blog and deciding to follow. I’m honored. I’ve enjoyed the sincerity of this post but I was wondering what you make of Romans 4:1-8 and Philippians 2:13, regarding work? HIS best to you…Vanessa

  7. Sue C.

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13 Thank you for following my blog. I hope you find encouragement in my posts. Blessings to you.


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