I was going thru my bookcase the other day, trying to re-organize and clean at the same time. I let go of a heavy sigh as I picked up book after book that I had started but never finished.
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Each of the unfinished books had fulfilled a need at the time I began them. They were part of a season I was in, but for some unknow reason, I was either satisfied and no longer in that season, or I just got distracted and moved on to something else. Well, then there’s the possibility that I just forgot about the book…the latter is the most likely. 😉 Each of them are faith-based, replete with very relevant and encouraging for the Christian sojourner.
I started to let myself slip onto that slippery slope of condemnation, beating myself up, asking myself, why haven’t you finished this one? And what about this one? With each one I picked up and re-placed, the frustration increased, like air being forced into a helium balloon until…pop!
While I cleaned with vigor, my self-beating picked up speed, especially after I counted the unfinished books: one…two…three…four…five…six…seven…eight! Eight books I had started over the last couple of years and did not complete. I arranged them all together on my shelf closest to my writing chair and determined that this would be the year that those suckers got read!
Because I just can’t put them away until I complete them. I can’t stand unfinished business. As I determined this within my soul, I had a thought: God never leaves anything unfinished. What He starts, He finishes!
That made me smile and the condemnation slipped away, like a popped balloon that goes poof. I am so glad that He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it until I see Him in eternity. (Phil 1:6 paraphrased.)
A good work…all of these unfinished books had been part of the good work He is doing in me and I know they will be part of His good work in me this year. I’m so thankful that what He starts He finishes and He will help me to do the same.
Is there anything unfinished in your life? Ask the Greatest Finisher for some help!