You’ve probably heard this saying before, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”
Actually, let’s flip that statement and think about it the other way around, “It’s not how you finish, it’s how you start.”
Everything has a start. Remember when you started High School or when you had your first date? Remember when you first started liking boy bands? Or not. Remember when you first learned how to read or ride a bike? Remember when you were born?
You can’t remember when you were born, but it was the most important event in your life so far wasn’t it? It was the start of everything. In our ambitious pursuit to move forward we often neglect the power of the past. I have come to realize that we are all a product of our past. We are not always bound to live by the darkness of our past. With the renewing and healing power of Jesus we can experience freedom. But, what we do today affects tomorrow.
Wisdom is knowing how to live for tomorrow today. Embracing the here and now should be an investment into later. If you search through the books of Proverbs or Ecclesiastes in the Bible you’ll find hundreds of nuggets of wisdom. You’ll find practical truth on how to be thrifty, diligent prosperous, peaceful, influential, well-liked, and just plain smart.
I know you’ve heard someone say before, “Don’t forget where you came from.” It’s often used as a way to remind us to respect the people or circumstances of influences in our past. People or things that helped us become who we are today. Every day of your life, since you were born, God has been investing into you. He has used people and circumstances to build you up and give you opportunity to become someone great. Do you give God enough credit for how far you’ve come?
I don’t know how you’ll finish in life. I don’t even know how I’ll finish. But, I do know that every decision I make today and every decision I made growing up will have an impact on that final day. What you do counts. There are no meaningless, superfluous, unimportant decisions. Are you willing to admit your unwise choices? What areas do you need to change?
Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God.” Those are some of the most important words in all of scripture. Don’t you think that if God was in the beginning of all time He must be pretty incredible? That statement not only should help us to acknowledge that God is powerful and eternal but also that He is worth knowing and following.
He started it all and the Bible even says that He’ll finish it all when it’s time. He is in control and He is good. Do you trust Him? Will you follow His will and His ways instead of your own?
I can give you this guarantee; If you follow God and His ways then you can be assured that you’ll finish well.
“Well done, good and faithful servant!”