How many times have you gone past a construction site in the beiginning phases? Did you call what you saw beautiful? Typically, that type of activity is often disregarded without a second look or consideration. Many times, we don't really appreciate the beauty of a thing until it is completed. So many times, we do the same thing in our interpersonal development. We disregard the day to day improvements and fail to appreciate the process that God allows us to experience. In the planning process of any great structure the first step is to excavate. This is the "digging" process that prepares the structure to be anchored to a solid foundation. Without it, the beautiful "structure-to-be" would become vulnerable to atmospheric changes and may not last through the storm. Likewise in our lives, we would not be able to stand through the vicissitudes of life. Thank God for the process! There may be areas in your life right now that appear to be sub-par and situations may be undesirable, but God is building something great in you. I truly believe that Romans 8:28 expresses this truth in balance. "This we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God and are the called according to his purpose." The preacher in me wants to drop anchor and preach right there! What we need most is a change of perspective in order to see what God is doing. For that pain - God is building something great in you! Through disappointment - God is building something great in you! When the manifestation tarries - God is building something great in you! Don't get discouraged by how things look right now, THIS is an important step in the process and can't be skipped if you expect to receive the promise. Remember...God builds great things!