“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
I was in a meeting where someone said, “It’s not the announcement that matters, it’s the ribbon cutting ceremony that matters.” That got me thinking about all the times I have seen or heard of things being announced and then never hear about whether or not anything got done or completed. Public Relations have a way of making the crescendo the announcement, the signing, or the ground breaking, but then as time goes by and we’ve moved on to the next thing and the thing after that, the momentum and excitement about the starting is long gone. And of course things do get finished, but we forget to celebrate and bring home the message that finishing is the measure that matters. What we recognize and celebrate in our workplaces also matters. Let’s be sure we have our emphasis in the right place when it comes to starting and finishing.
If you are reading this, you already know that our God is a great starter and a great finisher. We know personally of what He has started in our own lives and we believe and trust that the great finish He has for each of us will be eternal. In the meantime, as we attempt to bring glory to Him in the work that we do, we can follow His examples and be ones who are known for not just starting, but finishing and finishing well in all that we do. We are never perfect and He didn’t ask us to be, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t strive to finish in the best way we know how.
Reference: Philippians 1:6 (New Living Translation)