Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It is Finished

"It is finished" is a powerful statement, most famous for being the final words of Jesus uttered before he drew his last breath on the cross.  His sufferings were completed and a mighty work was done.

Completion is one of my favorite thoughts.  Many people make New Year's resolutions; what most motivates me most are Old Year resolutions.  Each year is like a present: filled with our days, wrapped with our prayers, and sealed for eternity.  As the days draw nearer for the gift to be closed, I do my best to finish all the loose odds and ends, so it is complete.   

My senior year of high school, I packed in all the scholastic chess tournaments and essay competitions that I could, and tried other scholastic activities, knowing that it was my last chance to do any of it.  I had an awesome year and no regrets--I did my best! 

This month, my humble to-do list which I thought would be a challenge is already mostly completed--with the month just barely halfway through.

It is amazing how much can be done if we make it our goal to complete it.  We are capable of much more than we realize if we only try.  Those "I'll finish someday" projects can be finished today--or they can sit in our closets and garages for the next 50 years.  It's our choice.

Finish the work you set out to do.  Don't leave it for later.   Be faithful in the little things--the smallest of tasks.  Each moment, each day that slips by is a precious treasure; fill it with joy, purpose, and hearty endeavors; do everything as unto the Lord.

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