Today’s principle focus is on completion and the satisfaction that comes from having completed what the Lord has given us to do.
Scripture of the day:Jesus said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work He started.” – John 4:34 The Message
Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By: “I finish everything I start.”
Today has been a great day, today I finished the book! Except for some formating, the book writing part is complete and after a year of editing and proof-readers.. it is finally done!
HERE IS A PREVIEW
In the very last part of the book I discuss in detail the importance of “completing” tasks, here is an excerpt:
“When God gives us a vision, it is our obligation to tend to it and complete it. Those who follow the Talmud consider things that are done out of obligation to be on a higher spiritual plane than things that are done voluntarily. This means that to them, if you commit to do something you have to do it and you should complete the obligation before moving on to anything that you desire to do. They understand that when you are asked to do something, the other person trusts in you, implores you, and has given you a great opportunity to learn something new. It is important, I believe that we must go through life doing both, volunteering and waiting to take direction. It is my personal goal to make a habit out of volunteering to take direction. Have you ever heard the Lord tell you to do something and then done it? How did it make you feel?
When we have completed a task at hand, no matter how exhausting it was, there is a rather euphoric feeling created in us. When we finish whatever it is that God encourages us to do, the end result will always sustain us and give us the energy we need to start the next task.
There is a word for this type of energy, momentum. Momentum is defined as: the impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events. In other words, the more projects that we can take from beginning to end, the more energy or momentum you will have to roll into the next task.
Consider David and the lion, the bear, and then eventually the victorious act of slaying Goliath. Each task that David performed and completed led to an even bigger task. David did built momentum not only in ability but also in his personal self-esteem.
So the question then becomes, “How do I know if I am hearing from God?”
Four questions to help clarify the audible voice of the Lord:
1. Did what I heard require faith?
2. Did what I heard require courage?
3. Did what I heard go against reason and rationalization of the world?
4. Did what I heard line up with the written Word (The Bible)?
When you go about your day today on our last day together, try to focus on completing what you begin. If it’s making your bed, make it. If it is doing the dishes do them all. If it is a business project that you would like to see finished, pray that the Lord will help you get the project finished today.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. —Proverbs 31:31
A persons completed works will talk for them long after they are gone. The Sistine Chapel, the light bulb, the telephone, computer, and of course Jesus. No matter how big or small, when you finish something it will make an impact, and that impact will be remembered, positively or negatively.” pg124 Wholehearted by Jessica Heilman
COMPLETE SOMETHING TODAY
Completion is the focus of today. Don’t let anything hold you back from positively making a great impact. I almost didn’t want to finish this book since it was such a great journey for me. I do know however, that since the Lord has told me to write it, the joy that I will get from completing it, will be enough to motivate me towards the beginning of His next vision for my life. When this book is finished I will be able to ask, “What next Lord?”
My Prayer Today,
Father God, give Your children strength today as they complete their tasks! In Your Son Jesus’ name AMEN!
May the Lord God Bless you and encourage you as you complete the work you are doing for Him,
Did you know???
That it took Michelangelo a bit over four years, from July of 1508 to October of 1512 to paint the Sistine Chapel? Michelangelo got off to a slow start, not having painted frescoes before. He intended to (and did) work in buon fresco, the most difficult method, and one which only true masters undertook. In addition to having to learn everything about the medium itself and making initial blunders in that area, he also had to learn some wickedly hard techniques in perspective. (Consider that his figures look “correct” on curved surfaces, viewed from nearly 60 feet below.) However, ultimately it wasn’t Michelangelo’s fault that the ceiling took four years. (Once he got the hang of things, he painted like a man on fire!)
Today is Day 18 on Jessica’s 365 Days to a Whole New Life journey, you can follow along daily and begin your own journey at http://wholeheartedministries.com/365-days-to-a-whole-new-life . We all have the same 365 days, but we all have different opportunities. How you spend the next year of your life is entirely up to you! Focusing to spend your life on personal growth day by day, will result in a life like you have never dreamed! We aren’t talking “pie in the sky” type changes, we are talking real life changes… changes for the better, changes toward becoming a whole new you!