2 January 2020

Better Is the End Of a Thing; Start Well, Persevere, Finish Well

   Even though I don't make resolutions, there's something about the beginning of a new year that feels like a fresh new start...like opening a brand new notebook and seeing all those empty, pristine pages just waiting to be filled. I'm always excited to start writing in that notebook. 

Start Well, Persevere, Finish Well

 It's the same with a new year...I'm excited to set goals and get started! I always begin the year by choosing a verse and a word that sums up that scripture. I posted that here yesterday.

 As I thought about this, another verse came to mind...

Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 

  I may be taking a bit of poetic license in how I'm looking at this, but I got thinking that as much as it's great to get off to a good start, how I finish is so much more important and the real measure of my success. This is especially true in spiritual matters; starting with salvation is essential, but if I don't continue to grow each day, I'm not going to live the life God has planned for me, and I'm definitely not going to finish well, as Paul says.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:


  But even in other areas of life, no matter how good I start, no matter how well laid out my plans are, if I don't persevere and follow-through, I won't accomplish what I set out to do and will have wasted my time and energy.


  These were some of my thoughts as I was planning for the coming year, here on LOLWELL. Then I noticed that a couple of the posts I'd been working on speak of the importance of 'maintaining'...whether in the area of wellness or keeping our home clutter-free. It seems I already had the makings of a theme for January! As the title states: Start Well, Persevere, Finish Well.

 I hope you'll join me this month as I look at this topic in practical terms as it pertains to different areas of everyday life. 


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3 comments:

  1. I feel this way every month. Nothing like a whole new start. How lucky we are! God bless and i pray you have a wonderful year!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I think it probably helps to look at each month this way, rather than waiting for a new year. We're less likely to get side tracked that way.

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  2. I feel this way every month. Nothing like a whole new start. How lucky we are! God bless and i pray you have a wonderful year!

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