Inspiration Message:Be determined to finish strong
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
In life it does not really matter how you began, because true integrity is based on how you finish. Life is a journey and it also can be compared to any kind of sport. Along the way we have made mistakes, we wish we should have not made, said things we wish we should have not said, gone to places we wish we should have not gone, gotten into relationships we wish we should not have been involved at all. In this journey you get to a place where you feel discouraged about your progress. You look at all that you have done and maybe you say you have underachieved. You wish you were born into a certain kind of family or had money growing up. You could be saying it is poverty, your family situation, you poor upbringing and so on. Could be you have believed you have a physical disability, or may be you are blind, have no legs, have difficulty hearing or you are on a wheel chair. Whatever your excuse is for not beginning strong, I am writing to you to give you hope and to say to you that how you begun is not that important. The only disability is in your mind; the choices you make daily, and the thoughts you think and entertain. You are a sum total of the choices you have made over a period of many years. It is a sum total of what you think about because what we constantly think about we manifest. Right now, however, you can change your choices so you can finish strong. You can finish strong by having better and strong relationships with your children and loved ones. Although it has been messed up, you cannot afford to go through life weak, because you will finish weak.
The good news, however, is that so long as you still see your shortcoming(s) it is an indication that you are still alive and anyone alive can make amendments to their life’s situations. Each one of us is born with a DNA to succeed in a God-given unique talent. There is a unique seed inside of you given only by God and it can only be natured and made to grow by applying God-given principles. The unique seed is what the devil fights in all of us because it is the only seed that calls out who we are. It is the seed when well cared for gives us our personality, declares who we are and why we do things the way we do them. The devil will want to rob you of this seed by choking it; this seed is the one that God’s glory in life is attached to. The moment you put faith in Jesus for salvation, God began something good in your life and he wants to finish it. Paul says in Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ”.
You can begin from where you are so you can finish strong. Do not let generational curses that hindered your father’s generation from finishing strong abort what God wants to do in your life. Do not let the spirit of premature death that has robbed your family for many years rob you of God’s blessing. Do not let any circumstance or situation rob you of your strong finish. We all must finish strong if we get determined. You can finish well. You can start again from where you are currently. The beauty of beginning anew is that once you are on your way to finishing strong, your achievements will overshadow your poor beginning; your poor beginning will only serve as testimony of what God can do.
Are you in a place in your life where you feel that the seed God put inside of you is dying? Are you about to give up? God specializes in resurrecting dead situations, He reverses hopeless circumstances; and He is the helper to the helpless. Revelation 3:2 encourages us to keep pressing in: “Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.” Our work is not complete friend; we must finish strong. Finishing strong involves facing challenges. Paul faced many challenges: beaten, imprisoned, accused falsely. Despite all these he was determined to finish strong. At the end of his life he said this to Timothy “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Finishing strong means that we must keep the faith as we go along life’s journey. Paul was an example of what you and I are to go through. Many times we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8). Finishing strong calls for strong unique choices. As Martin Luther King once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. Again, “life is not about waiting for the storms to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain!”
By Evangelist Isabella Mwango