Sunday, April 26, 2015

Finishing What You Start -- #atozchallenge

English: School Running Race
English: School Running Race (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
Ecclesiastes 7:8
New International Version (NIV)

        My upbringing has always reinforced the idea of finishing what I've started.  There have certainly been times when I have fallen short of this worthy goal and most of those times I was not pleased in having been a quitter.  I try to finish what I've started and carry the burden of not having finished something when that has been the case.

         Our image in this world is reflected in the work we do.  If we gain a reputation for not following through with our stated commitments then we are known as unreliable, undependable, and not up to being given responsibilities.  This can hurt us not only in our work life, but in our relationships with those around us.

          Slow and steady is a good philosophy to heed in most cases.  Jumping headlong into a venture and then losing steam and giving up might look good at the outset, but it doesn't win the contest.   Preparation is important.  Pacing provides strength and stamina.   If you're going to be a winner at anything, you have to finish those things.  

          What you do in life and how you do it tells others who you are and what they can expect from you in the future.   If you look back to see a life filled with failures in work and relationships then evaluate your performance to see how honestly you worked at those things in your life.  Then look at yourself now to see what you need to do to change your image.   Whenever you set out to do something, do it well and see it through to the end.   Finish and finish well.  

Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.
2 Corinthians 8:11
New International Version (NIV)

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