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Topic: FINISH (05/26/16)
TITLE: Plans and Intentions
By Lisa Enqvist
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Plans and good intentions never finished any job.
When Jesus walked on earth, thousands of people flocked to listen to him. They wanted healing; they wanted bread, and they wanted blessings. But when Jesus called them to follow him, indicating what it would cost, most of them turned away.
The principles of following Jesus apply to all parts of our lives. I want to focus on what just now is important at this stage of my life.
To be able to finish a writing project has a price. I need to focus on my purpose by looking at God’s larger purpose. Being able to do my part, however, requires my commitment.
…for it is God who works in you to will and to act to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
Writing means I need to learn continuously, never thinking that I know it all. There are umpteen courses on the Internet today, some who just want my money, others which want to help me achieve my purpose – or rather - God’s purpose for me.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of because you know those from whom you learned it.” 2 Timothy 3:14
It’s far too easy to get distracted by numerous other projects.
“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4
I need to adapt Peter’s advice in 2 Peter 1:5-11 to my writing as well as to every part of my life. It takes hard work to finish any project.
Even though my input in God’s greater plan and purpose is minimal, my prayer is to be able to say at the end of my life just as Paul did:
I have fought a good fight. I have finished the work I was to do. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
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