It’s the fourth quarter, 31 seconds left on the game clock and you are down by 20 points. No matter what you do, how many prayers you send up, the reality is you will not win this game. There can be only one winner and unfortunately this time it won’t be you.
Recently I was watching a football game and there was a similar scenario. One team had over 30 points and the other just 10. I loudly interrupted the silence of the game with a simple but rhetorical question, “why are they still playing if it’s impossible for them to win?” While I wasn’t looking for an answer, someone simply replied, “because they have to finish.” And that is where my spirit awakened. I married that statement with one of the adjectives that I hear a woman on my prayer call use to describe herself every morning. She says she has the “Spirit of a Finisher.” What I realized is that it takes discipline to finish something that you start, even when it looks like you may not make the goal or make it in the timeframe you plotted.
It’s the fourth quarter of the year; the first day of the last month is tomorrow; there are 31 days left and many of us have given up on the goals that we set for 2012. There are some things that we haven’t started, there are some things that we are nowhere near completing and there are some items that have just caused us to throw in the towel. The “game” isn’t over. We still have time left on the game clock. It’s not to late to finish or start on the goals that we have set for ourselves. Yet we often look at a “new year” as a new beginning rather than each day, each moment, each second as an opportunity to chop away bit by bit. When we change our perspective, we will change our results. God has not confined those things that He birthed in you to a January – December timeframe. Completing within 2012 may not be as important as completing them at all because you never know what “next” thing in your life is connected to finishing “this” thing. Your destiny may be tied to your finishing.
So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypresswood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. Genesis 6:13-22 NIV
Consider Noah, he was instructed to build an ark to protect him from something that he had never seen (rain) and it had to be big enough for him and all of the species of animals on earth. I’m certain that this was a laborious task. People laughed and jeered because they thought he was crazy. Despite the naysayers, despite the lack of help, despite the fact that he probably grew tired, Noah had to finish. His very finishing was connected to the destiny of the world being replenished. Imagine if he would’ve left the ark half built. Imagine if he didn’t complete his assignment from God.
Like Noah, we must have the spirit of a finisher so that we don’t impede our destiny. Whether we can see the end of a goal or not, whether we get it done in “our” time frame or not, we must press daily to finish. We must embody: Patience (Galatians 6:9 NIV); Perseverance (Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV ); Determination (2 Corinthians 8:11 NIV; and Discipline (Hebrews 12:11 NIV).
Thank You for brand new mercies each and every day. Lord give me the SPIRIT of a finisher so that I won’t get in the way of myself. I rebuke the spirit of laziness, negativity and disillusionment. I will COMPLETE the assignments that You have birthed in me. Today is my day and I am determined to be disciplined to reach the goal. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to dust off that goal sheet, vision board or mental list that you made for yourself at the beginning of 2012. It’s not too late to start nor is it too late to finish. Encourage yourself daily to press towards your goals even when it doesn’t look like you will win. I guarantee that just like those players in the game if you continue to finish it will prepare you for the win.
Why wait until January 1, what assignment has God given that you will recommit to?
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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”