Forming a Habit of Finishing Strong

It seems like my daughter has a million songs on her iPod. When we are driving together I let her be in charge of selecting the music. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her play one song all the way to the end. Once the good part is over she moves on to the next song, and the next, and the next, randomly skipping from song to song. I’m not sure if it’s boredom or just an anxiousness to listen to as many songs as possible before we reach our destination.

My daughter’s song switching reminds me of how we can be tempted to finish short on other things like projects, careers, and relationships. I believe that finishing strong is such a defining character trait. People who see activities or commitments through to completion are reliable because of their consistency during different seasons and conditions.

It makes me wonder, what causes us to not finish strong? Does our ability to finish the little things in life help us create a habit or a philosophy on how we finish some of the bigger things in life?  (more…)