When I was young, I always did things halfway. I can still hear my father's words; “finish what you start. Always complete the job.” I heard, but frequently I forgot, and the project would lie half-completed somewhere around the house. My memories tell me that I never was in trouble; rather I was gently, and at times with a touch a frustration, reminded that a commitment to complete a task was the heart of my word and honor. As one who is now older, I can see the wisdom and love in those words.
As a parent and spiritual guardian, what should I tell others on the journey towards God? Is there a theme that I find myself coming back to; as if they are walking as I walk still; forgetting my father's words?
Many years ago, today was the first birthday I shared with a girl I loved. I left no part of the birthday celebration unfinished. Top of the list, flowers. Yes, a dozen long-stem red roses are ready. Second, perfume. Search complete, unusual box and scent found, and specially wrapped package prepared. Third, require a special evening event. Reservations booked at an exclusive Italian restaurant in the Napa Valley. Intrigue? A bizarre story is being was spun weeks before the day, creating a sense of mystery and excitement. Something big was going to happen this day! I sensed that a personal touch was still missing. I found special organic dirt for her beloved potted plants and wrapped is for the event. Everything was complete!
Imagine life if we took this much care to live just one day.
Rested? Ready; healthy preparations complete with plenty of sleep, good food, and no lingering stress.
Awareness? Set; honest assessment coming into today of where I am at; warts and all.
Motivation? Strong; I know that I cannot do anything on my own; it is with God or bust!
Approach? Link up with God first thing, walk with the Spirit, and maximize every opportunity.
“Take this to heart. Do what I tell you – live!” (Proverbs 4.4)