It’s is good to start something new. It’s good to be creative. It’s exciting to always be full of vision and giving birth to new ideas, thinking of new places to go, or launching into new adventures or businesses – but real champions complete things. They are follow through people.
No matter what your view of Jesus I think that we can all agree that he was a finisher. In fact his ministry began when he was 30 years old and went for 3 ½ years. He touched many lives and he electrified the world through 12 men. Hidden in the thousands of stories and accounts of Jesus’ life is a golden principle that revealed Jesus’ effectiveness. It happened on the horrible day of his crucifixion. He was taunted by thousands. Speared in the side. Spikes were driven into his hands and some historians say as many as 400 soldiers left spit running down his body. That is when he said perhaps the greatest sentence ever said on earth: “It is finished” (John 19:30) He had paid the price. The plan was complete.
I doubt that any one of us will embrace a cause that will demand that kind of sacrifice, but the principle is clear. If you are going to affect the world, whether it’s your home, your neighborhood or the planet, you need to be a finisher. One famous multimillionaire said, “I will pay a great salary to anyone who can complete an instruction I give to him.”
Start completing little things. Make your bed in the morning, put away the laundry, write that “thank you” note to a friend. Make those two telephone calls. Do what it takes to become a finisher.
In health and healing the best health goes to the ones who commit and stick with their commitments to be healthy. How are you doing? Are you eating to be healthy? Are you training your body with good exercise? If you made commitments at the start of the year are you remembering why you made those commitments. We see the people who are the most committed week after week, year after year get the best results. If people give you a hard time for your commitment, remember that very few people have the spirit of a finisher. People will always fight what they do not understand. The mind will always resent what it cannot master.
Your adjustments are about finishing well: living long and being full of health. Keep focusing on the goal and you will finish well!
Dr. Brad and the New Life Team