I’m thankful to share with you some encouragement from the Biblical book of 2 Corinthians today. 2 Corinthians 8:10a says “Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago.” I love this verse for many reasons, but mostly because it speaks to a struggle that many of us have. We’re a world filled with people who start jobs, relationships, projects and other activities that we never complete! Think about the last time you started something around your house, started reading through the Bible, was in a relationship/friendship with someone. Did you finish the housework? Did you actually read through the Bible? Did you leave things unfinished with that friend, weren’t honest with someone about something or just dropped off the face of the planet to them? I’m not trying to guilt-trip you, just get you to think about the fact that you may very well be part of that “starters” group.
Paul here (in 2 Corinthians) is encouraging the readers to finish what they start. The Bible speaks several times about completing things. Acts 20:24 says: “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” And Colossians 4:17 says: “See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.”
I’m happy to be the first to admit that it’s hard to complete things! We so often lose our focus, get distracted, or don’t have the passion for something anymore. So why is it important to finish what we start? Well, as I recently heard, the cemetery is the richest place in the world; filled with unwritten books, unsung songs, unspoken speeches and uncreated inventions.
I want to encourage you that if you have a gift, talent, or idea, go for it! Don’t just start, find people who can encourage and check up on you on a regular basis so you compete the task. You’re not out there in the world trying to do it all alone. Rather, you’ve got a world full of people to encourage you and keep you on track when you get discouraged or distracted.
Whether you have people in your life who can help you stay on track or not, I encourage you to share what you’ve started below so we can all encourage each other!