Sunday, June 24, 2007

James 1:1-18

I saw today that Perseverance, his friends call him Percy, has been contracted to help build wisdom into Joe Christian’s life. As Joe is my friend, I did a little research on Percy to check his credentials. I wanted to make sure that Percy was a reliable contractor.

I found that Percy has been in business for a very long time. He has a track record of general success but this is interspersed with a smattering of failures. It was interesting to see that some of his jobs were completed in a matter of days, while some appear to be taking a lifetime to finish. Percy tackles a very wide variety of tasks and work sites, but this diversity doesn’t seem to affect the success or failure of the job. I found that the single greatest contributor to the length and ultimate success of Percy’s work was the support of the client.

Like any good contractor, Percy has a well-stocked tool chest. I was able to see Percy working with his hammer and chisel (he’s an excellent craftsman) but I also heard that Percy has connections to outsource work to other contractors.

The final step in my investigation of Percy was to check his references. Of course, the General Contractor gave Percy rave reviews – no big surprise there. It was noteworthy that many of the clients that received help from Percy commented that he only seemed to be called in when the construction job suddenly became much bigger or more difficult than anyone expected. The end result that Percy helped provide, while maybe not exactly what the client expected, always left the client pleased.

I need to tell Joe Christian what I found about Percy and remind him that our friend James also highly recommends Percy: “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4)

If you find yourself in a difficult situation, I would recommend that you give Percy a call. He can help.

Alan Davenport

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