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Take a “Life Inventory”

Joyce Meyer (6)

Taking inventory is a great place to start: Are you surrounded by a mess? Looking around your house, are there chores you’ve started but never finished—simple household repairs, stacks of unpaid bills, unmade beds and dishes in the sink that never get washed?

You may think, These little things really don’t matter—it’s the big stuff that trips me up. But getting organized in the normal routines of life and finishing little projects you’ve started is an important first step toward realizing larger goals. If you can’t get a handle on the small things, how will you ever get it together to focus on the big things?

Finish What You Start!

Decide today that you are going to be a great “finisher.” In fact, I believe we can get a lot of inspiration from some of the great finishers in the Bible…

Moses led the Israelites around the desert for forty years before they finally reached the Promised Land. Lesson: You may have been stuck in the same mess for a long time, but it’s never too late to have a great finish!

Job, though tested beyond normal human endurance, finished strong with a steadfast faith. The outcome? Job 42:10 says, “…The Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before” (NIV). Lesson: Your tests, trials, and failures haven’t disqualified you from having something great. Hang in there and keep pressing…because there’s a reward at the end!

Paul, who suffered tremendous persecution for his faith, was able to write, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7 NLT). Because Paul didn’t give up, he wrote more than two-thirds of the New Testament and is still impacting believers today. Lesson: The choices you make affect more lives than just your own. Your decision to go to the next level and finish strong can leave a legacy that impacts many others.

Here’s the best news of all: These men were just people like you and me, and if they can do it, so can we! Yes, it’s going to require effort, and some things will be hard at first. But God has equipped you to handle difficult things. In fact, He has already planted the seeds of discipline and self-control inside you. You just have to water those seeds with His Word to make them grow!

You have what it takes to be a great finisher. So make up your mind today to clean up the messes—big and small—that are dragging you down. Then say, “God, I am nothing without You. I can’t do anything on my own.” When you do this, you can trust Him to give you the grace and strength you need to do what you need to do. As you take these steps in the right direction, you’ll be amazed by your progress…and just how close you are to the finish line.



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