In the long race of life and purpose, there are four possible scenarios – at least. You can:
• Start well & finish strongly
• Start badly & finish strongly
• Start well & finish poorly
• Start badly & finish poorly
Which of these relate or appeal to you?
If you started well – had a perfect upbringing, studied the right course, found your God-given purpose early, have laid your hands on the plough of your calling and have thus far made no mistakes in your life choices – then you just need to continue running. You need to remain consistent unto the end. I am not sure, though, how many of us will fall into this category. I don’t.
Truth is, it does not matter how you started your race. You cannot undo the past. What matters now is that you finish strongly and accomplish ALL you have been assigned to do. Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof. It is possible to have a bad start and a strong finish. This should be our aim.
You can recover from a poor start. Do not let memories of past failures haunt you and keep you down. You can rise up from that disappointment, shake off the dust of failure, refocus on the goal ahead and continue your race. No one gets to the finish line by staying glued to the ground after a fall. Find courage to rise up and run again.
Do you know that God’s mercies are new every morning? This means that each day is a God-given opportunity to make progress in your race, even if you had a setback yesterday. Learn from the setback and keep on running. That is what the fresh mercy of today is for.
Also, be willing to assess your progress and make necessary adjustments. If you just continue life in cruise control and ignore the parameters of your purpose, you may not have a strong finish. That you’ve accomplished much in the past is not a guarantee of a great finish. Why become complacent when there is still much to run for? Instead of taking life and God’s Grace for granted, be like Paul, who chose to forget all his past accomplishments (and disappointments), and “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” This is why Paul finished strongly.
I have chosen to do what Paul did: Press. I want to finish well.