Remember, a finisher is not one with no wounds or weariness. Quite to the contrary, he, like the boxer, is scarred and bloody. Mother Teresa is credited saying, “God didn’t call us to be successful, just faithful.” The fighter, like our Master, is pierced and full of pain. He, like Paul, may even be bound and beaten. But he remains.
The Land of Promise, says Jesus, awaits those who endure. It is not just for those who made the victory laps or drink champagne. No, sir. The Land of Promise is for those who simply remain to the end.
(from a devotional book)
We have a lot on our hands, sometimes we just want to give everything up instead of finishing what we started. At times we feel tired of fighting or running because it seems that we’re getting nowhere and in the process obtained a lot of bruise, scars and heartache. Many times, I have the passion to start something, pouring all my energies to it and then after that some part dies down, and it gets left out in the corner of my memories. In Chinese terms it is called 半途而废, wasting something for stopping in the middle. Then I try to go back to them and grab the opportunity to finish what I have began, like unfinished cross-stitches, books, stories, organizing files and things. It does help to get right to it the instant it caught us and you’d realize you have accomplished something. As well as trying to gain focus on the things that I have to do now, and push through the task we are faced with. Looking back, I know that God has guided me throughout every journey. We are taught to go on finish the race, it doesn’t have to be a victorious one but the important thing is we could say: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NIV.