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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Staying on task and finishing

by Nelson Roth
To finish is challenging.  It takes confidence and the will to never give up.  
We get distracted, side-tracked, afraid, or consumed by counter-productive activities. Is finishing a challenge for you?  What causes you to get off task?  What does it take to have the confidence to never give up?
    
Paul was a finisher.  In II Timothy 4:7, just before his death he said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Paul’s secret to finishing may be discovered in another passage that he wrote.  Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Paul was a finisher because God is a finisher!  And, that is what Paul put his confidence in.

This is a promise you can count on.  The Message paraphrases Philippians 1:6 like this - “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”

In the movie, Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton’s story inspires confidence to be a finisher.  At thirteen, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing - losing her left arm. Within six months, she was surfing again competitively - and winning, with one arm!  In 2004, she was named ESPN's Comeback Athlete of the Year.

What do you have to finish and what can be your next step in the right direction?  
What goals have you set; but, have never finished?

I’d be interested in hearing from you about how you’ve learned to stay on task and finish.

Feel free to leave a comment.

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