Anyone can start. But only few ever finish.
Paul encouraged the Christians in Corinth to finish what they so enthusiastically began a year ago:
“Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago”
In the same way, we also need encouragement to honour the commitments we have made to people, to work places or church ministries. Many of us can enthusiastically launch out of the blocks ahead of the pack, but as the lights begin to fade, before long our passion can begin to diminish.
For Paul, it wasn’t how many people started, but how many people finished that counted:
“Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it… Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving” – 2 Corinthians 8:10-11 (NLT)
In the case of the Corinthians it was a financial commitment that was generously made. In your case, it may be a generous commitment of time, energy or resource. Be encouraged to remain faithful to the commitments you have made, and match the enthusiasm by which it was initially made with an equally enthusiastic follow through to the end.
Be one of the few who start and finish!