Finishing well


“Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.” (Psalms 112:4, 9 NLT)

I’m getting to a place in my life where the goal of “finishing well” is pretty darned important. Where am I being generous, compassionate, and righteous? What am I doing that even has a chance to be remembered forever? Here are five areas where I want to invest everything… wisely:

My intimacy with God
My relationship with Ann and our growing family
My role and the people I co-labor alongside
My relationships with generous people and leaders who are interested in expanding His kingdom around the world (most of my friends are in this category)
My relationships with the least of these

I get my inspiration from a lot of places and people, but I like to cross reference the list Howard Shultz wrote about in Onward:

Grow with discipline.
Balance intuition with rigor.
Innovate around the core.
Don’t embrace the status quo.
Find new ways to see.
Never expect a silver bullet.
Get your hands dirty.
Listen with empathy and over-communicate with transparency.
Tell your story, refusing to let others define you.
Use authentic experiences to inspire.
Stick to your values, they are your foundation.
Hold people accountable but give them the tools to succeed.
Make the tough choices; it’s how you execute that counts.
Be decisive in times of crisis.
Be nimble.
Find truth in trials and lessons in mistakes.
Be responsible for what you see, hear, and do.

I pray that one day you and I can mimic (copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression, and gesture) the very words of Jesus, “I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do.”?

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