It’s good to start well – but it’s even better to finish well. The way you transition from one season to another determines HOW you enter that new season of your life. That’s why it is wise to be resolute in honouring the things which really matter, especially relationships. It’s never healthy to view other people as commodities who can be dispensed with should they no longer seem useful. This undermines the value which God places on people and creates a state of heart that can easily develop into a culture of hardness, hopelessness & even hatred.
In seasonal transitions, it’s far better to cherish those who God has placed in your life, treating them with Godly honour in every decision you make, even when it gets tough. You won’t regret it in the long run, that’s for sure.
At this time of year when lots of people make new year resolutions, perhaps some less elaborate aspirations wouldn’t go amiss (one’s you won’t forget by March!). For example, how about determining in your heart that whatever you start this year, you will finish well? This is a truly noble aim.
In a sense, good starts are easy. Everything feels fresh and clean at the beginning. But as time goes on, the freshness wanes and circumstances can become a bit messy. This is where honour needs to kick in. Nothing spoils a good start more than a bad finish. It’s always honourable to finish well.
Hebrews 12:1-3 says ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.’
Jesus sets the example of what it truly means to start well and finish well. Lets learn from it. Believing the BEST for you and your family in 2017!
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