The Finish

Do you find it hard to finish things? There is so much excitement at the start of something new, but when this “thing” goes on and on and on, sometimes it’s just hard to stay focused and finish it.

I just found a few books in my room that I had started, but never finished. I dislike that, I really do. Now I don’t really remember all that I’ve already read, so I basically should start from the beginning… And that’s not so much fun anymore. So many times I just let it be, and so there are a few books that will sit on my shelf – not read – not finished… And I don’t know if I like those reminders on my shelf!

This is just one example of not finishing. But then we really got a good example of a finish that we celebrated on Sunday night. Arvid Loewen completed his bike race across Canada. He did not beat his own world record, but he did FINISH!!!

To finish reading a book is just plain peanuts compared to a bike ride across Canada. And I remember Arvid saying last year, when things got really tough on his cross-country ride, he had come too far to go back, and so he continued and pushed forward. I believe that is a real good attitude towards doing life here on planet earth. When I’ve started something, even reading a book, and I’ve come too far to go back or to just let it be, I’ve got to get focused again, and finish what I’ve started.

I love the words that Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians:

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things
or that I have already reached perfection.
But I press on to possess that perfection
for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,
but I focus on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
I press on to reach the end of the race
and receive the heavenly prize
for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Philippians 3:12-14 New Living Translation

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