…He said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 ESV
What would it be like to know you finished everything you set out to do? As mere humans we won’t know, however, it does give us something to strive for.
What does striving for finished look like for you?
How can you get things DONE?
Like many children, I was reminded to “finish what you start.” Perhaps, you were told something similar, too. Getting to the finish line calls for commitment.
Do you really want to finish?
Do you want to get it DONE?
Do you want to talk about it some more?
How about you start believing you can finish?
Believe you can get it DONE.
Believe you can take one small step, one action, one decision right now!
You see, when you start believing you can, you will be open to the opportunities and chances that set the wheels in motion to getting something DONE.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. ” John 14:12 ESV
I finished my first quilt a year ago this month.
This month I finished a rag quilt I started three years ago.
Getting to finish feels good.
It’s not always easy. Sometimes finish will not look like you thought it would be. You may have missed a target finish date, or you’re plan is revised. Don’t let these things steal the joy of getting to say, “it is finished.”
One bad day doesn’t mean what you set out to do is a failed plan. Missed a workout. Do it later that day or the next day. Point is, do it.
Adjustments Are Allowed
Last year, I was not reading my Bible regularly and after a few failed attempts of daily reading I made a minor adjustment, I started using a Bible app. It tracked each day I opened the app and it kept record of any Scripture I highlighted. I still used my hardcover Bible for study preparation and reference of old notes I had taken before, the app simply added an extra layer to building this habit up. From April 1 – December 31, 2018, I only missed opening the Bible app eight times. That’s less than once a month! So far this year, I’ve used the app daily without missing a day … yet. If I do miss a day, it won’t be a cause to throw in the towel and chalk up my attempt as a failure. At year’s end I will look at my record, while I’m shooting for 365 days, I will still celebrate the finish of another year of working on a good habit.
In Jon Acuff’s book, “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done,” he shares how “starting is fun, but the future belongs to the finishers.” The day after you miss a day, a step, or something along the way to reaching a goal is what makes all the difference in the world of what your outcome will be.