01 Apr

I have thought quite a bit about this. One of the big keys to success in life is not starting well, but finishing well. You might want to debate this point. Isn’t starting well important also?

Maybe in a sprint! But, in a marathon the goal is to finish, and finish well!

Life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.

And, like a marathon has many different parts to it, so does life. The big race of life is filled with smaller races and opportunities. If you don’t finish the small ones, you won’t complete the big race.

The people whose influence and impact lasts are not the ones who start well. They are the ones who end well. There are MULTITUDES who start well. There are FEW who end well.

A month ago, I was working on assembling a new bike for my son Caleb. I did it all! I put the pieces together, tightened them, and had only one more thing to do: put the seat on.

For some reason, the screw and nut were not tightening well. I did my best, but nothing I did was working. My only option was to go to Home Depot, buy new supplies, then finish the bike.

That was more time than I planned on spending! I was tempted to not finish. But, what would have been the point of doing 95% of the bike assembly without finishing it? It didn’t matter how much I had done.

If it was not finished, it would be unusable!

Unfortunately, that is how many live their lives, both in long term and in day to day decisions. How about you?

Are you a finisher? Do you finish projects, assignments, work? Are you faithful to the word you give, including the time you say something will be done? “Better late than never” might be a good quote for going to bed late, but it’s not a good idea when it comes to your reputation!

Imagine an ambulance showing up to your home late after you call 911.

“Better late than never”?

Imagine dinner beong ready in the morning.

“Better late than never”?

Imagine being paid a month late at your job, after you have lost your home and car.

“Better late than never”?


In 2 Timothy 4:7 (MSG), Paul says, “This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way.”

Hebrews 12:2 (MSG) says, “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.”

Look at that! Finish well, and HONOR is the result! Are you a good beginner and a lousy finisher? Focusing on the finish helps us to deal with the problems along the way!

Today, I just finished a transcript for a booklet I was writing. It was good to finish! The finish always feels good!

What have you finished lately?

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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in Life, Uncategorized


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