How many times have you heard someone say to “just start”?
You want to start a new business? Just start the business.
You want to get over that fear? Just start doing the thing that scares you.
You want to change? Just start moving different.
You want to read the bible more? Just start.
We can say a million different things, but I think you get my point. It is a common phrase we hear literally all the time, but I have a different thought. I believe that we need to “just finish”. Hear me out: just starting is amazing and is a great place to begin moving differently in our lives but what about finishing what you started? Ecclesiastes 7:8 says it best:
“Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.”
When we are walking through this life, we make it apparent that when things get tough, we get going. Most people will quit the majority of the things they began because it is too hard, or it wasn’t what you thought it would be so it makes you uncomfortable, but we should know by now that the only way to truly grow is to be outside of your comfort zone.
Let’s put it into sport terms: you start your race, and you are in first place, but you’ve been running for a long time, so you start to drop back into last place. Do you just quit running in the middle of the race or do you keep going and work hard to get back to the front? What if this is your qualifying race, all you need to do is get to a certain place? How is giving up too soon going to benefit you? Just finish!
Now, change that race into life. You “just started” that business and it was going amazing, the sales were rolling in and you truly felt like you were making a difference but then things plateaued some. The work got harder, and things started to slow down so you thought it was time to quit but really this is the moment where your patience needs to be stronger than your pride. You can literally apply this to anything you are doing in your life.
We cannot leave or quit when things get tough or when it didn’t turn out the way it could. You started that new adventure for a reason so it is time to see it through so God can bless the work you are putting in.
It is time to just finish.
Somethings to think about & journal:
- Are you good at starting new projects?
- Do you finish those new projects or quit when it gets difficult?
- What is something you can see through to the end in your life?