Scrub, prep, prime, paint – no shortcuts allowed!

Rebekah painting the front room
Rebekah painting the front room

Today looks like another painting marathon over at my parents new house. Rebekah and I were hard at it all day Friday – to amazing effect – and we’ll do our best to finish before our necks and shoulders totally freeze over late this afternoon.

Rebekah and mum - first tea in the new house
Rebekah and mum – first tea in the new house

Sometimes just putting up primer amounts to a mega-transformation. Years of wear, dirt, deterioration, holes and more gave way to a vibrant fresh white. Then it’s time to add some color. Today we plan to finish the front room, the hall, the half-bath, and the master bedroom.

It’s a routine: scrub; prep; prime; paint. Skip any one step and the end result is always compromised.

SKIP THE WORK! Problem is, we live in a culture that can be all paint and little prep. We want the result but we don’t want to do the hard background work first.

But I’ve got to tell you, I’m beginning to enjoy the journeys I take as much as the destination; I like the cooking sometimes as much as the eating; I value the research and the writing as much as the finished book; the view from the top of the mountain is so much  more spectacular when the hike to get there took effort, and pacing, and tenacity, and sweat.

I am – as I frequently point out – a work in progress. But, as Paul writes in the book my Saturday morning men’s group is using as our current guide, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work [in me] will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)


In the meanwhile – with the love of God, the tutoring or the Holy Spirit, and the encouragement of Jesus –  I plan to continue scrubbing, prepping, priming, and painting.

I pray that I’ll see you in worship tomorrow – DEREK

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