I am terrible at following through. Seeing through to completion things I start is a serious issue for me.
The multicolored spinning beach ball of death reminds me of this constantly. For those with apple products you know exactly what I’m talking about. It took me 15 minutes (no kidding) to close down tabs I had left open just to be able to type this. And while I’m being honest, I have so many windows open that I’m typing this in a word document and will have to transfer it to the website later because the beachball tells me I must continue waiting to get online.
My phone is in protest as well. It frequently drops calls, abruptly closes apps and has been known to just stage an all out shut down. A friend recently used my phone and was aghast at the fact I had 307 missed phone calls, 9 unread text messages, and 78 new email blinking on the bottom of my task bar. I finally uploaded the over 3K (that would be 3,000 not KB) pictures to the cloud yesterday…first time since I got my phone in the summer of 2012 and only the second time I’ve synced it to the computer. Which would probably explain said computer’s temper tantrum just now.
But my struggle with the necessary evils of our modern age of technology is just the symptom of my bigger issue…seeing things through to completion.
My problem has gotten so extensive that my daughter is constantly fussing at me to finish my own sentences! Apparently I am so preoccupied (with what I have no idea) that I start to answer a question or make a statement and then trail off because I’ve been distracted by something else, or my guess, wasn’t really paying attention in the first place.
As I sit and wait for the beach ball to grant me the privilege of productivity, I begin two or three other tasks…none of which I am likely to complete because as soon as the beach ball disappears, I am back to whatever I was doing before I started doing what I’m doing.
And hence I have a problem. Nothing ever gets done!
Hallelujah I serve the God of completion!!
So, why is this such an important message to convey? Because I don’t want us, Christians…Jesus loving messengers of hope, to be the ones who get to Heaven and face the reality of all that we could have done for the kingdom through the power of Christ in us but failed to see to fruition. I want us to experience the reality of a life sold out to Him and the abundance of fruit that comes from it now!
It is my hope that in my wandering thoughts, you will be inspired to Finish Strong. To endeavor something great for the Lord, for your family, for humanity. But more than the notion of doing something, that you will see it through to completion no matter how difficult that may seem. If you are like me and struggle with being present long enough to walk this out in your life, I pray you will let go of the things that are hindering you from doing the hard but right thing. This has been such a very difficult but valuable lesson for me lately. I’m still waiting to see the fruit that comes from the pruning but will trust it just isn’t the right season yet.
So when you accomplish whatever it is in your life, leave a comment on here or on Facebook so that we can be encouraged by the great cloud of witnesses and continue to run with endurance the race set before us.
I personally will read them just as soon as the beach ball stops spinning.