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Today’s Truth

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

(Luke 14:28, NIV)

Friend to Friend

I, by my nature, am an un-finisher.

I love to start. Especially books, crafts, home DIY ideas… Really, anything that could be considered a project — let me get started.

The only problem? Finishing.

I’m one of those girls who puts all her energy up front. Like the couch potato who decides to run a 5K and is off to a great start, but then passes out from dehydration because she is making such progress she doesn’t want to stop for water. (True story.)

I’m the person with all the big ideas, but who can’t seem to get to the finish line without burning myself out (and usually, everyone around me).

I leave a wake of half-finished projects and broken promises in my path. And eventually, I’m the person who can’t be relied on. And I know that God has called me to more than to be a starter. I need to be a finisher.

I want to be the person who comes up with a plan and sees it through. I want to be not only the person who comes up with the great idea at work; I want to be known as the person who is reliable, who can see that great idea through.

For years that was not my track record. But that’s the great thing about a God who sees us: our challenges are not a surprise to Him. He is patient with us and our struggles and knows our heart.

Plan

I know you were expecting me to say pray first, but I believe I need to do a little planning, so I know what I’m getting into (and know exactly how to pray).

When I’m planning a project, I not only look at the steps I need to complete the task, but all of the costs involved:

  • How much money will this take?
  • How much space will this take in my house?
  • How much time will this take?
  • How much energy will this take (of mine and others)?

These questions force me to think through the project before I even get started. I have, in a few instances, decided that the project was too high in cost to even start and decided that it wasn’t worth my time and energy. Because the very best time to quit a project is before you even start!

Pray

Now that I know what is involved, this is a great time to pray over all the plans I’ve made. Pray over the people who will be involved, the finances and other resources that are needed. Praying not only is connecting with God and asking Him to shape my plans, it’s thinking through those plans again and letting the Holy Spirit direct me.

Prep

Now is the time to take action. Make the phone calls that need to be made. Send those emails. Lay the groundwork to make this a successful project.

And spend a few minutes thinking about, dreaming about, what it will feel like to finish this project. You have planned, prayed and prepared well. God will see you through to the end.

Let’s Pray

Father, You know me, and you know my nature. Help me to be an accurate reflection of you — the completer. Let my faithfulness be known because I’m yours.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Is there a project you’re stuck on? One that you feel like you need to give up? Can you go back and take it through the Plan/Pray/Prep steps to see if you can be a finisher on it?

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8 Responses to “Three Steps to Becoming a Finisher”

  1. Tina says:

    I really needed today’s message about finishing. I too am one of those people who starts projects and doesn’t finish mostly because I’m overwhelmed by it. Thank you for this. God is good and patient with us. He’s patient with me. Today I will focus on a plan.

  2. adace says:

    Great devotional. You have described me! Many times I start something with enthusiasm, but without considering the cost in $ and effort or how it will impact my family. Thank you for the tips about planning!

  3. sharon says:

    Thanks so much for this encouragement. I am one of those that can start a project and not finish it. I don’t like the feeling of that so this is a wonderful piece of counsel!

  4. Kathi Lipp says:

    Hey Tina – The first step for us non-finishers is to recognize the pattern. We will grow when we commit ourselves to God (who loves us and wants to see us grow!)

  5. Kathi Lipp says:

    Thanks for that affirmation! You be blessed today!

  6. Nicki says:

    ThisResonates with me as a DIYer and a crafter. If its not project I can complete in a few hours it can take me years. I have been working on quilt for the past 9 or so Years. I find that this isnt my strong suit. But I try to do everything in my Ability to not let people down, be it a 5K or Coffee with a friend. God has grant me the push I need to be a finisher when it comes to somethings. Now if only i could get that quilt done

  7. Deborah says:

    God bless you for this. I really appreciate it, it’s a push to finish up those unfinished projects. I receive that grace in Jesus name.

  8. Deb says:

    Ugh… you mean there are more of us! Each year I pray over a word that will claim my goal for the year. More often than not that word is one which expresses finisher. This year I didn’t even claim a word because I am so frustrated with myself for not finishing. Yes, I have all these “I’m gonna do’s” and “I will get to that soon” projects all over the house. Packages needing to be mailed, blankets needing to be made, taxes that need to be finished, books bought and unread, and classes started, but unfinished. Not only do I let myself down, but I have certainly disappointed way too many people with my procrastination and/or unfinished projects.

    I am a giver by nature, but have too many things I want to do and then not the energy to be a finisher. God, please, help me to be a finisher… even if that means not starting in some cases. Help me to realize how my procrastination or perseverance to see something through impacts and hurts others. Help me to Plan, Pray, Prep AND Persevere to complete the projects I have started and keep my promises to others. It is only in Your Strength, Lord, will I be able to FINISH. Amen.

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