We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. Hebrews 6:11
My sister, Kerry, claims that we siblings all subscribe to the 3/4 Rule: working on projects almost to the end, and then abandoning them, unfinished. I find nothing more overwhelming and disheartening, though, than a pile up of incomplete tasks. It kills me to do all that work yet never get to experience the reward.
So, I push through to overcome our natural tendencies. Not only do I get to enjoy the fruits of my labor, but I find it inspires me for the next project.
Saint Paul knew the satisfaction that comes from “diligence to the very end.” He wanted his listeners to experience what they’d hoped for, especially when it came to God’s promises.
Whatever our work is, or the projects we undertake, it’s important to stay the course. The same holds true with our faith. Despite what’s happening in the word, despite the loss of hope that pervades society and the headlines, we are called to push through, stay the course, and keep our eyes on the prize.
When we do, not only do we reap the reward that awaits our faithfulness, but we receive the inspiration to remain just as faithful for whatever projects or challenges lie ahead.
Question for Reflection:
- Do I have a natural tendency to not finish what I start?
- If so, is it worth it to push through to reap the reward that lies on the other side?
- How does that correlate to my faith?