Monday, December 1, 2014

Why You Need to Finish Strong This Year

30 more days. 2014 has only 30 more days and then it's gone forever. 
It's crazy to me that this year, this day, will never again exist in history. 

There are moments I wish my days away. Not in a daydreamy sort of way, but more like a Man-I-wish-you-would-go-away sort of way.  Have you ever felt like that? 

There's nothing you want more than for this day to fade and morning to come. Nothing got done today. The kids are too hard to parent today. The job just won't let up. The family can't seriously make anymore drama. 

Am I getting close? 

There's hardly anything more exciting or revitalizing like "new." New days, new products, new seasons, new years. I don't wanna do this anymore, we sigh. I just want to start over

But here's a dirty little secret no one tells us about starting over: Our monumental memories are in the middle of the mud.

Character is made in the mud. 
Virtue is tested in the mud. 
Integrity of heart and soul is built up in the mud.

To hit the reset button everytime we got a little dirty would do a great disservice to humanity. Nothing would finish because dirt is a reality. Nothing would complete because our hands wouldn't be rough enough to handle the pressure. Nothing would move forward because moving something as big as legacy and generations are bound to well up sweat and tears amidst the weather of life. 

Getting out of the mud is a small goal for our year. What if we strapped in and committed to making it out of the mud of 2014 with treasure we discovered at the bottom of the pit? 

We have 30 days left. 

Is your marriage breaking? Are your grades flatlined? Do your children feel distant or are you half-a**ing your way through the workday? Maybe there's a dream you feel is impossible, especially in 30 days. Try it. I dare you. 

Some of you have already found your treasure this year and it might be time to start making your way out. 

Some of you have been so focused on the water pressure it'll take to wash this year off. Stop and look around. What are you missing?

Some of you have fallen asleep. In a mud pit. Wake up. Your year is not lost. 

And some have stubbed your toe on the treasure, thinking it was a rock. Stoop down, feel around, and pick it up. You might be surprised. 

Regardless of where you are or where you aren't, give it all you got and let's finish this year strong. 

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My Momma use to write verses on index cards and stick them around my life, my room, my car etc. Here are some verses and inspirational quotes you can stick around your space to remind you to keep going, every moment of everyday. 

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. 
So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.
Philippians 3:12-16

Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
Richard Nixon

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7

It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.
J. R. R. Tolkien

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 
1 Corinthians 9:24

^^^Opinions, two-cents, questions and ramblings are welcome. And go above. Go ahead. Try it.

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