How to finish what you start with excellence.
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you...All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
- John 14:18, 25-26 (New International Version)
I've been a rededicated Christian for the past 15 years and just when I start to think I'm getting grown in the faith, God reminds me that in reality, I'm still a baby in so many ways. Case in point: it just hit me that the way my 1-year old niece is always trying to stuff her mouth with more food when she hasn't finished chewing what was already in her mouth is literally the same way I've been functioning in my business life—taking on new projects before fully completing the old ones. Yep, it's me. #shinyobjectsyndrome
And while there's nothing wrong with taking on new projects, doing so doesn't give you a license to neglect the old ones.
Just look at how God made sure we would be good after Jesus left the earth. True to Jesus' word, He didn't "leave us as orphans" but He sent us His Holy Spirit to continue to guide and teach us in His absence. Knowing we'd still need a ton of help, He made provision for it; He set up a system for it that could function without Him in a sense. I believe this is a model of how we are to steward the ideas we've begun in God; even if we need to move on, we take full responsibility for ensuring they continue to produce the fruit they were created to produce in people's lives.
I'm preaching mostly to myself because I know I've struggled with fully chewing my first idea before trying to swallow the next one as it relates to my business. But if you have an "orphaned" idea or business too, I hope this encourages you to pick it back up and put some infrastructure in place for it to run without you. That's how you finish what you started with excellence. Just like Jesus.
Still hungry? Eat some more //
- John 15:2 → Obviously if the old idea wasn't producing, it may have been time to cut ties. Use discernment when deciding what to pick back up.
- 2 Corinthians 8:11 (J.B. Phillips New Testament) → I had to share this specific translation because it gathered me HEAVY. Especially the "show that you can complete what you set out to do" part. Show God that you're not just a starter but a finisher too. This is how we demonstrate responsibility and trustworthiness for the new thing we desire to pursue.
- Romans 12:4-8 → You don't have to be the one to finish it either. If you're stronger at starting than finishing, that's ok, just find & establish support that's gifted in finishing.