Keep Your Eye On The End - Beloved Women - January 28, 2020
READ: “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” (Ecclesiastes 7:8 ESV)
TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: How many times have we set a goal with high expectations of the finish only to find ourselves drifting from the routine a few days later? We might believe we can fight the frustration and stick with it this time, until the beginning of change battles with our comfortable routine.
Here in Ecclesiastes we have this great reminder that it’s not the beginning that determines how well we did. It’s the purifying process of perseverance during this difficult season in life that is producing the Lord’s perfect way in us.
Life will bring many new beginnings, and many more unpredictable obstacles. If we stay stuck on the stumbles, we’ll never discover the better part of our goals, our relationships, or our jobs. When we choose to show up, stand up, and start with the end in sight again, our resilience begins to refine what we can do in other areas of our lives.
Our disappointments can’t keep us down if we’re willing to stretch for the patience and perseverance to finish. And if our struggles seem like too much, we can look to the cross for encouragement. Our God who planted the beginning of grace preserves it until the end.
PRAY: Jesus, thinking of Your example of perseverance to go to the cross to finish what our Father began helps me stay focused on my finish. Holy Spirit, when I’m tempted to give up remind me how much better the end will be when I choose to stay committed for the glory of Your name, God. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
REFLECT: Have you struggling with a goal that you’re tempted to give up on? In this season of your life, what fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) can you see being produced through the purifying process of perseverance?
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