I know it’s not just me that over the years has created lists of half finished projects, so much so that you have more half finished than finished. At the beginning of this year I took some time out to really think about this and realised, God cares about what we do and cares that we do it well. If we are his representative, then our projects should be also.
Run to Win!
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!” – 1 Corinthians 9:24
I love the fact that Paul compares our spiritual journey with that of an athlete training for their event. Think about the time, discipline, dedication and perseverance that is required for someone to train like an athlete. It really is a full time job. Paul here encourages us to have that same kind of mentality with our life with God. Praying when we feel like it and don’t feel like it. Fasting even though nando’s is calling your name (lol), but I think taking this approach to just spiritual activity is limiting us from seeing what Paul really meant. I believe that this same mentality must be taken into every situation because as people see our excellence and we can use it to point them back to Christ.
Act like God is your boss
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,” – Colossians 3:23
When I looked back at the list my half finished projects the only question I needed to ask myself was, ‘Does God take glory in this?’ and honestly I don’t think he does because most of the things I leave unfinished isn’t because that was His desire but more because it was my desire. Imagine God being your boss and asking you to do a task. I’m sure all of us would give it our all and ensure it’s done to the best of our ability. It’s interesting that we don’t take the passions and plans He places in our heart as seriously….. I least I know I didn’t.
I decided to vow to myself that anything I take on this year will be continued until January next year (when I will re-evaluate it) unless God tells me otherwise. That makes me a lot more selective about what I choose to take on because I know, If I start it, I’m devoting time for a year to do it.
Leading me beautifully onto my next point…
Count the Costs
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? – Luke 14:28-30
So often we feel like we have an AMAZING idea, rush into a new project without really thinking about the cost that is required to carry this thing out to the end. We get caught up in the excitement, but then later on realise that excitement can’t carry us as far as a structured plan can. Then we end up being seen as dreamers and not doers, being mocked by people. All because we didn’t count the cost.
Here’s what I’ve done to overcome this and what I think could help you too.
Wipe the slate clean.
I know you have thousands of projects you want to partake in. I know you still feel the guilt of yesterday’s failures and the excitement of the new amazing idea you thought of, but just wait, think & pray.
I don’t actually believe you need to do everything at the same time. Some ideas are for now and some should be saved for the future or passed onto others. You should be very specific about what you choose to dig your hands into.
Here’s some questions to consider:
Am I willing to make the sacrifice needed to birth this project?
Will this project lead me in the direction I believe God wants me to go in or is this self?
Am I passionate enough about this thing to continue even if I see no fruit after a years time?
I hope this helps!