• Ebony L. Robinson


Our lives are often filled with loose ends - home improvement tasks begun but not finished, books started but not finished, promises made but not kept, intentions initiated but not followed through on. Our lives are often replete with would've, should've, and could've. Sometimes we have a tough time finishing what we started additionally we get so overwhelmed with what’s going on that we just don’t finish it.

Have you heard of Derek Redmond? He has since retired but he was a superstar track athlete from Great Britain. In 1985 he broke the British record for the 400m with a running time of 44.82. In 1986, Redmond was a member of the team that won the 4x400m relay gold medal Championships. The following year, he was on the team that won the 4x400m relay silver medal at the World Championships. At the 1991 World Championships Redmond was a member of the British team that shocked the athletics world by beating the much-favored American team into second place to claim the gold medal in the 4x400m relay. Going into the 1992 World Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, Redmond was running on all cylinders. He posted the fastest time of the first round and went on to win his quarter-final. In the semi-final, Redmond started well, but on the back straight about 250 meters from the finish, his hamstring tore. He hobbled to a halt, and then fell to the ground in pain. An emergency team made their way over to him, but Redmond decided he wanted to finish the race. He began to hobble along the track. He was soon joined on the track by his father, Jim Redmond, who rushed past security and on to the track to get to his son. Jim and Derek completed the race together, with Derek leaning on his father's shoulder for support. As they crossed the finish line, the crowd of 65,000 spectators rose to give Derek a standing ovation. Even though Derek limped with his father’s assistance across the finish, he still finished the race.

What is our problem? Our problem is that we don’t finish especially when it gets hard. It's hard so we quit, we throw in the towel. People in our lives may not finish what they said they would do and disappoint us. And the disappointment causes us to hesitate in our lives. But the good news is that God always finishes what he starts. Paul begins Philippians 1:8 by saying he is confident. Confidence is vital. We can have confidence in others and ourselves but along the journey there will be some failures. But Thank God, He is trustworthy, faithful, and never fails. The God-work that has been started will get completed. The vision that God impregnated you with will birth. God is true to His word. It has to complete because Isaiah 55:11 says, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Put your head down, dig your heels in, and keep going.

Be confident that God will complete what He has started in your life.