Finish the task
As my husband proofread my final edits before I sent them to the print shop he asked me, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t give up?”
I grinned with a big “yes!”
I have tried to be as transparent as possible during this journey through my blog posts and social media accounts, but Derek has literally witnessed every step of the way. And he has seen the tears, he has heard the frustrating, “I don’t know what I’m doing!” across the room. He has seen me lay around in despair because I felt I couldn’t go on with this project, he has seen me at local coffee shops for hours on end to write and make edits.
And now he has seen me stay up until 2 in the morning at 32 weeks pregnant to send off my work from the last 6 months for production. He has seen me cross the one year mark of launching my blog, and here soon launching a new product.
But what if I had given up?
What if when I had missed my initial deadline (mid January) I just threw in the towel? What if when I realized that it was too late to sell dated planners in February I had stopped what I was doing? What if I just gave up in November because I had NO idea where to start? What if I just was too scared to publish my first blog a year ago?
You see, I used to never finish the things I started. Sometimes I wouldn’t even start things. And when I fell? Forget it, I was staying down and never trying that again.
But I determined this time that things were going to change. I was going to finish this! I came across a verse that I have been reminded of throughout this journey and I hope it encourages you as much as it has encouraged me.
“ This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Be strong and finish the task! Ever since the laying of the foundation of the Temple of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, you have heard what the prophets have been saying about completing the building.” Zechariah 8:9
God has a task for each and every one of us, and some of us may have given up on it, maybe not discovered it yet, not started it or maybe there’s been a delay in this task for our life. But regardless of our circumstances God still holds us to a higher standard - and that is to finish the task! For the Israelites it was to complete the Temple, for you it may be to start the blog, start volunteering for the women’s shelter, apply for that job you’ve been too scared to apply for, may it’s that business you’ve dreamed of.
Whatever it may be, don’t just start it - but FINISH IT!
You may ask, “How do we finish it?” Well, here are a few ways:
You can’t finish something you’ve never started. So many of us are too scared to start, maybe we don’t know where to start (story of my life!). Start doing the research, start looking up YouTube videos, start reaching out to people who are where you want to be, whatever you do - just start! Don’t sit on the sidelines watching people live out their dreams. There’s nothing wrong with a small beginning, but there is something wrong with never starting.
2. Be flexible and extend grace
As you begin your journey towards your dreams I can almost bet that the plans that you make will hardly ever go as planned. That means you have to be flexible and willing to adjust through the process. If you miss a deadline, just keep on going. If you took a week long pity party, get back up! Which by the way I have done both - I thought I could finish making my planners by January. Did that happen? Absolutely not. Looking back it was a totally unrealistic goal that is humorous . But I kept on going and came up with a new plan. Beating yourself up for making mistakes will delay your progress, so be willing to shake it off and keep moving forward.
3. Push through to the end
There will be obstacles, trials, and resistance as you pursue your dreams. But what’s the difference between people who reach their dreams and those that don’t? One pushes through the obstacles, and the other gives up in the midst of resistance. So when trials come - because they will - push through! Hang tight! But do not make quitting an option!
As we celebrate our one year anniversary, I encourage you to not only pursue your dreams but to finish them! What you do matters, and the world needs what you have to offer. Comment below what you’ll be starting this year!