For many of our CentriKid teams, this will be the last week of camp (2 of our teams finished last week). The end of the summer means a few things – a lot of hugs and tears, but also LOTS of counting, labeling, taping boxes, and packing (inventory). While it is hard to get overly excited about counting pencils and paperclips, recently I have gained a new perspective on the importance of finishing well.
Over the past few years, I’ve learned that the way that a team ends the summer has a direct effect on how the next team will begin. The work that we do as we wrap things up either sets up the next team for success or failure. The point is, there are always people that will come after you and fill your shoes, and the way that you finish says a lot about your character and your values. Make it your mission to finish well.
Maybe you are currently finding yourself in a time of transition. Maybe things are winding down in your current situation and you are moving on to the next best thing or a new, exciting chapter of your life. Remember this challenge that Paul wrote to the Colossians: “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men” (Col. 3:23). Don’t move ahead too quickly. Finish well, then devote yourself wholeheartedly to your next task.
Maybe you are in a difficult situation, and the end is not even in sight. Be encouraged by these words: “Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Heb. 10:23-25). Seek encouragement and support from your brothers and sisters in Christ, but even if they fail you, remember that He who promised is faithful. Hold on. Don’t waver. Finish well.