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It’s important to finish what you start

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The 1992 Olympic Games left me in amazement with a scene I will never forget as long as I live. I saw an athlete, Derek Redmond actually hopping to the finish line after being injured in the race. It is recorded that his father raced to his son, Derek to assist him, trying to persuade him not to continue, but Derek said “I will finish,” and that he did. The entire stadium was in uproar cheering him on. At that time, the winners of that particular race were out of my mind for I saw a young man through pain, anguish, and disappointment saying no one will cheat me of this moment despite what I am going through, I will finish what I started, win or lose. To me, this is a life lesson and it is the character of true champions and people wanting to succeed.

Amit Kalantri, an author, professional magician, and mentalist said, “Beginning in itself has no value, it is the end which makes beginning meaningful, we must end what we begun.”

This is so true as many of us in life have begun something and for some unknown reason quit midway. We need to understand that not every “life hill or success mountain” will be easy to climb. You must be prepared for those worse-case scenarios and not allow them to cheat you out of your glory moments.

The Apostle Paul wrote at the conclusion of his ministry in 2 Timothy 4:7 and 8, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day.” Paul did not have an easy life for he was persecuted, beaten, despised, betrayed, and hated for the sake of the gospel. Yet nothing could move him or deter him from finishing the course mapped out by God for his life. While this application made concerning Paul the Apostle may apply to spiritual things it also pertains to natural operation in our lives.

You may be in the valley of decision right now because your aspirations for some reason or the other have been shattered even at the starting point. Questions are now flooding your mind whether you should pursue it or not. Let me be a source of encouragement at this point. If it is a good thing that you are doing, do not allow anyone or some failure to hinder your progress.

There will always be obstacles along the way to winning, it is up to you to deal with them and move on. Nehemiah the servant of God said to those who tried to discourage him from completing the building of his home city which was in ruins “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.” Nehemiah 6:3.

In layman’s language, it is my business to finish what I have started, so leave me alone. Maybe you would have to say the same to some people.

I conclude with a short quote by Richard M Nixon “Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quitting does. A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits.” While everything being accomplished must have a starting point if not finished, there is no gain. It is more important to finish, God’s blessings, finish strong!



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