This week the drywall finishers completed the walls, the siding installers completed their work, the well drillers completed the geo-thermal wells, the concrete guys poured the patio, the power company installed a new pole and hooked up our electrical service, and the painter (me) painted most of the interior. I enjoyed being part of all this activity and I am grateful that most of the workers happily communicated with the other contractors when they were in each other’s way. This much activity can create competition for space and result in frustration. However, since the guys chose to communicate and cooperate, everyone was able to complete their tasks with only minor inconveniences.
As I have noticed the need for this trait in the contractors who have come to our new house, I have asked myself how flexile am I? How willing and able am I to accommodate other people’s agendas while staying on task with my agenda?
Our General Contractor is a good role model. He has a wonderful ability to remain optimistic even when there are apparent roadblocks. He quickly adjusts to inclement weather, unavailable sub-contractors, and the changing minds of the owners. He is a godly man who often prefaces plans with, “If the Lord wills.” When I first met Paul, I thought this phrase meant that he did not expect it to happen and was looking for a way out. That is, “If it doesn’t happen it is God’s fault.” However, I have come to appreciate his genuine faith and willingness to accept interruptions as from the hand of God. This is an attractive and helpful characteristic, especially in the construction industry.