Twenty plus years ago, just after I started a new job, I was threatened over the phone by an irate customer whose credit had been stopped. “I have a gun here and I’m driving down to shoot you.” he said in absolute frustration. He was very,very, angry. The situation could have been resolved had he been a finisher. He had, over time many unpaid or part paid invoices amounting to thousands of dollars which stretched back about three years. This was because he had the habit of only paying the part of an invoice which he allocated to a particular Job. He was in fact using us to cost his projects. It worked in theory but not in practice because after many months and many warnings he still had not picked up the differences. His was a large business and he most probably had a workshop full of stock he had not paid for. Now, of course he had tradesmen standing around not able to get on with the job. It all could have been resolved within minutes had he walked into his local branch with a cheque. But no! he didn’t want to pay until he had time to allocate the unpaid product. I am a finisher, no praise to me, its just the way I’m wired. I hate to leave jobs or situations unresolved. In my earlier years I have been known to unpick and rework a garment half a dozen times to get it right, I would never throw it in the corner and give up, especially in the 1970’s when crocheting was all the rage. There are of course some situations and circumstances in life which are out of our control, that’s the time we need to pray. There are countless statements in the Bible about God being a finisher. Hebrews 12:2 and Philippians 1:6, are just a couple of instances. So when circumstances are out of my control I just hand them over to God, in time I have seen Him resolve every one of them.
This picture was taken in Echuca in early 1972 under the Liquid Amber tree. (not very flattering to me) That’s my mum in the middle with Yvette. Celia (my sister) and I stayed up till 2am to finish these outfits for a special occasion. P.S. The tradesman got his wife to liaise with me and we ended up with quite a cordial relationship. His credit never went on stop again.