Bulbs, circles, and Philippians 1:6

I’ve been noticing some common motifs in my life lately. And here they are: circles, burned out light bulbs, and Philippians 1:6.
Such random things, which makes me think that the repetition is significant. That I should pay attention.
Circles- people keep talking about circles. Drawing social circles wider so that more people fit. It wouldn’t be so strange if it hadn’t been happening for the past few weeks, in places where I am the only common denominator.
That’s got me thinking: who have I put outside my circle? In my own self-righteous way, I’d like to think that l don’t even have a circle, that it’s an open shape with room for all to enter. But that’s just not true. I have my circle of acceptance. And I put some in my circle of disapproval. And some in my circle of disdain. And some in my circle for people who are not my idea of normal.
I can see some of their faces in my mind now. Gosh. What am I doing? There have been so many times in my life where I have been in someone else’s circle of __________. How heartless am I to put someone else into the same position?
Circles. Need widening. Need to merge.
Another theme is burned out light bulbs. I’ve had two burn out in my room. One was about a month ago, at my bedside table. I think I keep the lightbulbs in a drawer in my desk, but I just keep forgetting to check. Then yesterday, when I turned on the Chinese paper lantern that hangs in my room, the light bulb flashed and died. Needless to say, I have not yet replaced that one either. The funny thing about burning out lightbulbs is that they always flash really brightly right before they run out of incandescence.
I’m almost out of time to be a high school student. Maybe this is the word picture I need to keep in mind, to- as Switchfoot puts it- “burn out bright”. To flash God’s light brightly throughout my spheres of influence before I leave them.
The last motif I’ve been noticing is Philippians 1:6. I think I’ve hears people bring this up at least three times in the past two weeks, in various places that I’ve been.
“being confident of this, that He who began a good work In you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
He’s not finished with me yet. My circles need widening, my light should be brighter, I should be less cranky and crabby to my parents, my attitude should reflect the change in my heart, hard work should not be daunting, I should serve more readily, my heart should have Jesus on the throne all the time.. Dot dot dot. The list can go on and on. And it does. No doubt there is much to improve, much to make right, much to change. But He’s not finished with me yet. I am a work in progress, a piece of work (double meaning intended) in the process of being made beautiful and right. I’m not a fully baked pie yet. I’m not a finished sculpture. I’m a half-written novel.
But I am confident of this, He will carry me to completion. He’s not going to leave me here, half-finished. What glory would He receive for that?
He will continue the good works He has begun.
Amen.
Another circle that had to do with today was pie. And I’ll post about that tomorrow, with pictures.

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