by Sharman J. Monroe
A few weeks ago I suddenly heard a still, small voice say, “You don’t finish what you start”. I started thinking and realized this statement was very accurate. I made a list projects I had started over the past two years and along with the vision I had when I started them. To my surprise, the list contained eight major incomplete projects. I saw a pattern. I’m excited when I get a new idea and start working on it to bring it to life. I eagerly write out the necessary actions, a to-do list, to make the idea a reality. Clear visions dance in my head of what is to come as a result of this new project. Sometimes I add way-in-the-future actions to my list. I am excited! I rack up check marks because I faithfully complete each step to get the project up. After the project basics are done, I start working on the main thing, the project. And I work and work and work and…..then I stop. God’s statement to me, “you don’t finish what you start”, made me realize when the visions I have when I start a project don’t materialize after three months, I begin to doubt. I doubt my abilities (what am I doing. wrong? what is wrong with me?) and to question starting the project (maybe this wasn’t such a good idea cause nothing is happening). Then I give up. The project gets shelved and forgotten. Needless to say, my confidence takes a beating and I feel defeated. As I write this, I realize, I also feel unfulfilled.
My reflections brought me to this revelation: God can’t trust me to finish an assignment so He doesn’t give me additional ones or bigger ones. I am blocking my blessings.
God calls each of us to be excellent at all times (Daniel 5:12, 14). He calls us to be obedient (Deut. 28:1), to be diligent (Prov. 12:27; 21:5), and to walk with integrity. (Prov. 19:1). He has equipped us to do all the assignments He gives us (2 Corinth. 3:4; Ephe. 2:10), but more importantly, He has given us His strength to accomplish them. (Gal. 2:20).
The enemy’s job is to steal, kill and destroy us and our testimony. His job is to stop us from doing anything that brings glory to God. (John 10:10). He is very good and very subtle in his work. He causes us to doubt (I can’t do this. I don’t know what I am doing) and to question (who am I? what am I doing?) This is the same old game he played on mankind in the garden. And when we play his game, we loose. Well, I don’t want to play anymore. I don’t want my blessing blocked.
I know the ideas I get are from God to bring glory to Him because each of them add value to other people. My New Year’s resolution is simple: I will finish what I start. I am beginning with my eight incomplete projects. I liked them when I started them and they still excite me now.