How incredible would our lives be if we simply finished what we started?
How incredible would this world be if we ran our race well...and won?
Finishing well is not easy, but so necessary for all that God is calling us and our children into.
And as parents who are disciplining and training up our kids, we must empower them to commit to the cause of Christ and finish well.
Practically, we teach them commitment in little things so that they can finish well in big things. Things as mundane and strenuous as-
Shutting the cupboard door after getting a cup
Putting away laundry rather than putting it right back into the hamper (still folded)
Practicing with excellence, not rushing to finish
Cleaning an entire room, not just a portion
Giving it all when you don’t feel like it
Following through on what you say you will do
(And countless other examples)
These are opportunities and training ground on the behavior and attitude needed to commit and finish well. After all, how we do little things is how we do all things. When we teach our kids commitment now in seemingly insignificant things, we ergo teach them commitment in big things. Finishing little things well helps our kids know the importance of finishing their race well.
As we pray, commit, and counsel our kids on how to finish well, let us keep these verses at the forefront of our teaching.
Numbers 30:2- If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
Proverbs 16:3- Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
1 John 5:3- For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
1 Peter 2:9- But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
2 Timothy 1:12- Which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
2 Timothy 4:7- I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Deuteronomy 7:9- Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
Galatians 6:9- And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Luke 9:62- Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
2 Corinthians 8:1- So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.