“I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward” Philippians 3:14, NLT.
One day I walked into the fitness gym after a long hiatus, feeling pumped and ready to go. As I stretched, I began to encourage myself with, “Ok, you haven’t worked out in a while, but you’re here now!” I headed straight for my favorite workout machine–the elliptical. I stepped on and when asked by Jill, my personal virtual trainer, what kind of workout I would like to do, I choose a good 15 minute forward/reverse, level 5 workout, with the mountain view. So I get started, and am moving at a steady pace. Five minutes into it, Jill tells me that I must now go in reverse. I begin to go in the opposite direction, the muscles in my legs begin to scream and by this time I want to quit. Thoughts run through my mind, “You know haven’t been here in a while. You need to take it easy. Go ahead and stop…now!” These thoughts sound very convincing, but then another thought rose above them all, “No, I am not going to stop. Even if my thighs are burning, I will finish what I started!” So I press through. Five minutes, ten minutes, and by now I’m quoting scripture at the machine, “I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (see 2 Timothy 2:10). Finally, I reach the end of my workout session and I feel a sense of accomplishment!
In life, you may set out to lose weight, to finish school, to finish writing your book, etc, and if you rationalize quitting in these small things, you will more than likely quit when it comes to bigger tasks. Practicing finishing. Train yourself to finish what you start no matter how hard it gets. Doing this will filter over into you discovering and fulfilling the purpose and plan of God for your life!
Prayer: Father God, thank You for giving me the grace to finish in life. Even in small things, help me to practice finishing. Help me endure and persevere by faith until I every detail of your purpose and plan for my life is complete. In Jesus’ name, Amen.