Do you have a long to-do list each day? Do you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all that you need or want to do? Do you have more trouble with getting started at all, or finishing what you start?
I’m reading out of Joyce Meyer’s book right now, How To Succeed At Being Yourself, and she addresses the topic of finshing projects. She writes (p. 171):
“But we do [strongly and earnestly] desire for each of you to show the same diligence and sincerity [all the way through] in realizing and enjoying the full assurance and development of [your] hope until the end. Hebrews 6:11 All of the Scriptures above should be meditated upon and taken very seriously. God is not interested in our starting things that we never finish. It is easy to begin, but it takes great courage to finish. In the beginning of a new thing we get all excited. We have a lot of emotions (ours and everyone else’s) to support us. When the emotions wear off and all that is left is a lot of hard work and the need for extreme patience, we find out who really has what it takes to truly succeed. In God’s mind we are never successful if we stop somewhere along the way. He wants us to finish our course and do it with joy! If you have been tempted even recently to give up-don’t! If you don’t finish the thing you are currently involved in, you will face the same challenges in the next thing you start. Some people spend all their lives starting new things and never finishing anything. Let us make a decision that we will be more than a statistic that never reached its full potential.”
I want to finish what I started, and to reach my full potential in Christ, don’t you? And whatever I do, I want to do with excellence, as unto the Lord! (Colossians 3:17)
The Bible says Luke 14:28 (The Message), “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.'”
Today, ask yourself these questions:
- What are my goals? Write them down, and be specific. What project do I need to begin to work on first?
- If I’m in the middle of something, do I have need of endurance? Don’t quit half-way through. Press on! It’s usually toughest before a major victory.
- Is there a project that I have been putting off, or need to finish? What may be hindering my progress? Finish strong!