Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It Is How You Finish That Counts

As I was driving home from work yesterday in Meridian, I heard a really good message on the radio.  Actually I heard only the last couple of minutes of it.  But what I heard was really encouraging.  The preacher was someone I'd never heard of.  But that really doesn't matter!  What he said was very encouraging.  He said "It's the way you finish that counts".  There was so much truth in that.

Sometimes we look at ourselves (and what we do) as insignificant.  But before I proceed let me emphasize - no one is insignificant to God.  That includes you and me!  We compare ourselves and (what we do) to others which gives us the false impression that others and what they do are more significant than us.

Perhaps you feel you're not accomplishing much in your life.  Perhaps you feel as if your life is meaningless.  If you are allowing God to lead your life...you live one day at a time.  Remember, we need tomorrow to finish what we started today or yesterday.  Each day you live for Him perpetually propels you toward your God-given destiny.  Each day plays a vital part in your finishing up God's plan for you.  Each day - including today - is crucial to you reaching your destiny. But you cannot do it in just one day!  You may not be where you think you should be today, but you're not where you were yesterday - because God is with you every step of the way.  

It's not always how you begin that counts.  It's not always how you run the race that counts.  But it is definitely always how you finish that counts.  You may feel like you are not pleasing to God.  But remember, He wouldn't even take the time of day for you...if He didn't love you like He does (with an everlasting love).  He loves you enough to accept you the way your are, right where you are.  But then, as He works in your life He doesn't leave you where He found you...and in the condition in which He found you!  Don't discredit yourself.  Why?  Because God doesn't!  You are so valuable to Him that He is committed to being with you every step of the way.

You have made some mistakes.  So have I.  Your progress stalls sometimes.  So does mine.  But you and I are encouraged in the truth that "God who began a good work in you will keep working on it and eventually complete it when we cross the finish line of this life".  (Huttoism based on Phil. 1: 6)  Don't drop out.  Keep running.  Run again.  It's how you finish that counts!

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