Regardless of the profession or season of life, I think we have all had moments where finishing what we started seems…impossible. The light at the end of the tunnel is nonexistent. The dream ends up staying just that. We end up with notebooks and pads full of half completed tasks or undeveloped ideas. For many of us, it can be easy to start but harder to finish.
No matter what field we are in, we have an opportunity of using our gifts to impact others and draw them to Christ. But if they never make it out, how can they have impact? What if Noah had left the ark half done? Or if Nehemiah had quit on the wall? Would the impact have been as great? Would God still have gotten His glory?
Here are three things you need to make sure that you don’t just start, but finish.
Tenacity– Sometimes the things we have been led to create or do take more than what we thought we would have to give. There may be obstacles, roadblocks and unforeseen circumstances that distract us. We may come up against a red sea or a Jordan river but we have to keep going. Opposition will always come when we are conquering new territory. But we have to keep pushing. Keep pressing. Keep creating. There is so much to be found in the process but there is great glory in the finish. Don’t quit.
Vision– When we are in the middle, it is hard to keep in mind the end goal. It can easily seem like the finish line is out of reach or the dream is just too far fetched. But we must keep our eyes on what we set out to do, even while we savor the process. Jesus is our best example for this. He kept His eyes on His mission- the cross. And He endured it because of the joy set before Him. (Hebrews 12:2) Everything you create can bring God glory. Focus on this.
Faith– If God gave you the vision, then He will see it through. There will be moments when you run out of fuel or it no longer seems relevant or even good enough. But keep creating, keep studying, keep executing. God created you and you were born to create. Hold fast to the dream, design, word or tune God put in your heart. Believe that in His perfect timing paired with your hard work, something absolutely mind-blowing will come forth.
And if you feel discouraged, think on those stories of those who made it to the end. Joshua received his inheritance after crossing the Jordan, taking down Jericho (Joshua 6) and conquering various other cities. Noah built a boat in a place where they had never known rain and saved his life and his families. (Genesis 6) Jesus endured unbelievable betrayal, physical beatings and torture on the way to His end goal. But they all made it. And we are all better for it.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”- 2 Timothy 4:7
You matter. The world needs what you have to give. Finish strong.