Sunday Scriptures — Finish What You Start

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

I have a problem. Perhaps you do, too. I start things and don’t finish them.

There are sewing projects that have been cut out for years. Honest. Which I’ll probably never finish. They probably wouldn’t fit by now, even if I did complete them.

There is a cross stitch project I started the year Pilot and I married…almost twenty-five years ago. I’ve often taken it out, admired it, and thought “I should really finish this.” Only to place it back in the basket beside the couch and forget about it until the next time.

There are multiple stories I’ve started that sit in my desk drawer waiting to be finished.

There are books with bookmarks in them part way through. After all this time, it’s probably a given I don’t intend to finish them.

Lest you think I never finish anything I begin, that’s not true. It’s just that there are projects I’ve thought were a good idea, had every intention of completing, but allowed life to intervene and left the projects to gather dust. After a while, they didn’t seem like such a good idea nor worth the effort to complete.

When Paul wrote to the Philippians he told them he was sure God would finish the work he began in them until it was complete. God would keep on helping them grow in his grace. He would give them the strength to finish the good works they were created to complete through Jesus. He would help them finish what they started. He would make them a new creation.

Aren’t we glad God won’t leave us as unfinished projects collecting dust around the house? Something that at first glance appeared a good idea, us, but once the project was begun, the reality of all the work it would take to finish didn’t seem quite worth the effort. A little lacking in the Rate of Return column.

Any unfinished projects laying around your house? Do you intend on finishing them?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Leave a comment below. If you think others would appreciate reading this, please share it through the social media buttons.

And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns. Philippians 1:6 (TLB)

I wish you well.


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4 thoughts on “Sunday Scriptures — Finish What You Start

  1. Many years ago I made a commitment to complete my first book in a year. And then I procrastinated. About a month before D-day sitting beside a stream with my open Bible, Father turned the pages to 2 Corinthians 8:10-11 (TLB):
    “I want to suggest that you finish what you started to do a year ago, for you were not only the first to propose this idea, but the first to begin doing something about it. Having started the ball rolling so enthusiastically, you should carry this project through to completion just as gladly, giving whatever you can out of whatever you have. Let your enthusiastic idea at the start be equalled by your realistic action now.”


    • Marlene, thanks so much for including this scripture in your comment. God wanted me to hear it. He knows I have procrastinated with my writing I began a year ago…writing he has purposed for me to complete through his power and strength.


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