Finish.

(First published February 2017. Republished because I just finished a project and reminded myself that “finished” counts for three items on todo list..)

I like starting projects. I like suggesting pilots. I like listening to questions and brainstorming. I have fifteen new projects a week while standing in the shower.

And then the water is turned off and it is time to write the idea. And then I get to the hard part of the story and the study takes too much time. And then I get to the polishing part.

I don’t like finishing.

That’s why I need a really long sentence from the book of Hebrews:

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

FullSizeRender.jpgThe writer puts one person in front of me. Jesus.

My focus. My role model. My cheerleader. My coach. My equipper. My trainer. My interceder. The starter and completer. The beginning and the end.

The other day, I heard a speaker give as one of her principles: “God has a plan for your life. So does everyone else. Be careful which one you listen to.”

At the end of a long week, at the beginning of a weekend, I’m aware that I need to be looking to Jesus to help me start and to help me finish.

Maybe you and me both.

 

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

3 thoughts on “Finish.

  1. I am a starter, an ideator, I love to create ideas but fall short when it comes to the sustaining part. Thanks again for this reminder I needed to hear this today. Grace and Peace my friend.

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  2. Finishing is a challenge to many of us on several levels. For me, a good idea can fall prey to the busyness of the day. Or, as you mention, to the need to do some research or tap into people or tasks that represent dependencies, cost me more time. I have let ideas or tasks go as a result.

    The good news is that a creative person generates many ideas. Your post reminds me to let God be the sifter of those ideas and I pray that He helps to bring the ones that matter to the top of the list.

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    1. Just this morning I had to accept for a couple of ideas what you said about sifting. Thanks for giving me the vocabulary to describe it.

      On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 8:37 AM, 300 words a day wrote:

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