Welcome back – we’re almost there! Tonight I’ll cover part 8 of my 9-part series reflecting on fears confronted, lessons learned, and progress made – and then taking all that new found wisdom to build a plan for success as we focus forward on the second half of 2013.
There’s a brief recap with links at the end of the post if you want to catch up on the first seven parts.
For Part 8, here’s the topic: finishing what we start!!
Obviously, just because a day, week, month, or year ends, doesn’t mean we automatically finish everything we have been doing at the stroke of midnight. We often have to tie up loose ends, or something may in fact be an ongoing project or a part of our lives that remains.
In this case, I’m referring to those projects we have started, or those obligations or commitments we have made, that we need to complete as part of our plan of action for 2013. This concept especially hit home with me when I began working on putting things back in place after we did some major home improvements last summer.
In addition to realizing we simply have too much STUFF – I am embarrassed to confess that I also came across old notebooks listing projects to make or complete, goals to achieve, and other plans to implement or continue – as well as dozens (OK, actually 100+) sewing and craft projects in various stages of completion (from cut out, ready to sew –to nearly done).
The thing to remember, as the image above states, we may not be where we need to be in terms of finishing ALL the things we’ve started…but each day, by taking baby steps and doing one thing at a time, we’re a little closer than the day before.
Here’s what Joyce Meyer says in New Day New You for the devotional thought on September 16, about the topic of finishing what we start:
If you have been tempted recently to give up–don’t! If you don’t finish the thing you are currently involved in, you will face the same challenges in the next thing you start.
Some people spend all their lives starting new things and never finishing anything. Let us make a decision to be more than people who never reached their full potential.
How about you? Do you have things you need to finish, to be successful for the rest of 2013?
I joined another blog challenge, or I should say, I have once again joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
I have started it – and this time, I plan to finish it! Anybody else doing this or another blog challenge?
Here’s the recap on the first seven parts:
*On Friday, 7/5, I reflected on fears that I have faced in 2012 and earlier this year, mentioned how we often fear both the known and the unknown, and reminded us that Jesus knew what it was like to face fear and provided us with an example to follow in how to handle fear.
*On Sunday, 7/7, I discussed how our fears and worries drain our energy and prevent us from enjoying our lives.
*On Monday, 7/8, I addressed how clinging to our past fears and failures often prevent us from moving forward.
*On Tuesday, 7/9, I mentioned Joyce Meyer’s concept of “stepping out to find out” if we’re heading in the right direction.
*On Wednesday, 7/10, I emphasized the importance of not allowing regrets and discouragement to hold us captive to the past.
*On Thursday, 7/11, I suggested we consider Shrug Therapy.