Building construction consists in a building site, plans and blueprints, layout, foundation, framing, plumbing and electrical and so on up to the roof and then landscaping.
One of the last things that takes great skill on a building project is Finish Work. A Finish Person is the person who does the trim work of putting in the casings around doors and windows, mouldings, millwork and baseboards, chair rails or crown moulding and other decorative and practical Finish Work. When this work is finished the project is about finished as well.
Our lives are about as clearly defined as the process of a building. The older one gets the more easily one can see the need for detailed…‘Finish Work.’ It seems to build and finish a building or a life well is very similar. To work well is to finish well.
(I want to dedicate this entry to E.E. Nichols (1943-2021), a friend who died this past year who was a Master Finish Carpenter, a faithful disciple, husband and father. He finished well.)
“For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’” Jesus