Most people deep down inside have the desire to accomplish great things! One of the greatest differences between those who achieve greatness and those who do not is the ability start and finish! Starting anything is a whole lot easier than finishing. Most people who set out to accomplish a goal usually start strong! However, the real test happens along the journey. Years ago I read a book by Dr. J Robert Clinton titled “Finishing Well”. In his book he explains that his writing was birthed out of the observation that few leaders finish well. This truth and insight has heightened my awareness of the importance of finishing! As leaders we are faced with the harsh reality that most people do not finish what they start!
We live in a world were very few chose to finish what they start. We have a huge dilemma in our society in that people have lost its taste for the long haul. What do I mean by that? Well, we live in a world that wants everything NOW! We crave instant coffee, fast food, immediate gratification, and instant success. Society is built around convenience, everything we want is at our fingertips, and we shun at the idea of waiting for anything. Ecclesiastes 7:9 gives us great insight to one of the keys of finishing. The Bible says, “Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.” (NLT) The New King James version says, “The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”
The key to this scripture is found at the end where it emphasizes Patience over Pride. One of the biggest reasons people do not finish what they start is due to the lack of patience! Patience is defined as: The ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. Patience comes from a Latin word which means “to suffer”. Why is this truth important? In order to finish what we start there will be times of suffering and there will be times were we will have to consciously choose to bare pain with understanding! This is what James meant when he wrote, “Consider it pure joy my brothers in sisters when you experience trials of many kinds “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
As you read this, my hope is that you are encouraged! I want to remind you that God is not finished with you yet! Although, you may experience trials and times of delay remember, He who began a good work in you is faithful and will bring it to completion! (Phil 1:6) Our role is to trust Him, endure, and continue grow in our patience! Remember you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! Make it your goal to finish what you started!
The Best is yet to come!
Pastor Erick Tijiboy