By Jerome Baker
The new year is the chance to start fresh. The year’s seasons are likely to be different from last year. So, it gives us the opportunity to plan, prepare, and to pursue all the God has for us. However, one of the most challenging things about the new year is being able to finish what you have started. There are many excuses why we don’t follow through in life: procrastination, laziness, and weariness or just to name a few. Despite these I have learned and experienced the joy of finishing what I start in various areas of my life. If you are going to be beneficial to others and a young person that is accomplished, you must finish what you start. Here are some ways youth and young adults can finish what you start through this new year.
1. Don’t talk so much.
When you tell everybody your plans and you don’t follow through you look stupid. Keep your business to yourself and do what you plan to do and let the finish results speak for itself. Ecclesiastes 10:12 …But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;
2. Press through your problems.
Problems will always show up in life. Often times when we lest expect it or have the resources to defeat them. In these times you must press forward mentality and spiritually. When problems try to beat you down, fight back and keep moving forward and possess your goal. Philippians 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
3. Do it until it works.
Sometimes what we want doesn’t happen when we want. Moments like this we must be diligent. Keep praying until your prayer is answered. Keep giving until you receive. Keep seeking until you find what you are looking for. Keep believing until God does it. Never give up! Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,all things are possible to him who believes.”
4. Don’t listen to the wrong people.
Sometimes the closest people to us are the main ones that attempt to hinder us from finishing what we start. Family members, friends, classmates, even some church people can offer wrong, wicked, or unwise advice. Don’t listen them. Separate yourself from them and cut them loose. Let people that want to do compromise, do wrong, sin, or foolishness do it by themselves this year. You are and will remain determined to please God through walking by faith this year. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
5. Be unstoppable.
The devil gets blamed for a lot of our mishaps in life, when in fact it is not the devil’s fault but it is our own. If you started the year off in church, saving, praying, thinking positive, making good grades, or making money in your own business, etc…..don’t let your sight, situations, or personal desires get you off track. If you get off course, stumble, or quit, get back to handling your business and realize that God can strengthen you to finish what you started. Numbers 13:30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
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© Copyright 2014 Jerome Baker Jerome Baker is the author of “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”, and the youth pastor at his church in Carrollton, Georgia.
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