Finishing Grace – Determination

finishing graceFebruary 5, 2016

“The God who gave you the grace to start will give you the grace to finish” – Joel Osteen

I can remember so well how I would begin and be so excited and enthusiastic about something, having a beginning plan only to  find myself not following through because things weren’t happening as fast as I wanted or hoped.  It wasn’t until later in life that I realized  that the most important part of wanting to achieve or fulfill a task, an idea, a career, a project, a dream, was to have faith and follow it through to the end. Even when the end seemed so far away and with all the hard work and time spent, seemed to show little results.  What kept me going and still does today is to follow my heart and stay focused on my dream.  Knowing without any doubt, that no matter what the obstacles were, I was going to finish.  I needed to have faith and not stray from that.   To this day, I still keep that within my soul and do my best to honor it.  Having a knowing that what lies within your soul is the truth to your existence.  I remember when I struggled with the loss of my husband and then the fight of cancer ahead, all I wanted to do was give up.  Giving up seemed so much easier, but something deep within me kept moving me forward, at times, I had no idea how I was doing it. I had to keep telling myself I would make it through this, and be stronger than before. As soon as you allow yourself to think negative, you lose power. It really does matter what you think. Your thoughts are so powerful, more than we realize. They are what will keep you alive, move you forward or drag you down. With practice, you can change the way you think, which will change the way you live.  Finishing Grace and determination are all about keeping your thoughts positive.

Of all your lifetimes, do you know which ones you’ll look back on with the fondest memories, the most pride, and the widest grin? The ones were in spite of challenges, no matter how daunting, difficult, or painful, you pressed on.

“It doesn’t take a lot of effort to start things, start school, start a diet, start a job, starting is easy, finishing is what can be difficult.  Any two people can get married, but it takes commitment to stick with it for the long hall.  Anyone can have a dream, but it takes determination, perseverance a made up mind to see it come to pass.  The questions is not if you will start but will you finish.” – Joel Osteen

We all have setbacks and sometimes get discouraged this is the time to have faith and know that when you started your hopes were high. “Remind yourself that you were not created to give up or quit but to finish.” When we allow our thoughts to control our actions, and forget what truly lies within our soul, we can be tempted to give up.  This is not the time to have self-pity, quit telling yourself you can’t make it. Don’t give up on your dream.  It’s when just at that point when you want to give up, that if you just stick it out a little long, your strength will match what you’re up against.  You’re closer to your destiny than you think.

Never give up on you. Honor yourself and what you’ve told yourself.  At the same time realize mistakes are what move you forward not meant to bring you down. This is one tool I adapted into my life, whatever I told myself I was going to do, I did it.  I followed through even when I didn’t want to.  If I promised myself something, I honored that. It’s about respecting who you are and what you are.

As I end, I leave you with these last thoughts.   “A Tanzanian runner fell and broke his leg during an Olympic race but he finished his race.Everyone else was gone but he kept going.The runner said he didn’t quit when he broke his leg because his country didn’t send him 7,000 miles to start the race but to finish it. The race is not for the swift or the strong but to those who endure to the end. You weren’t created to quit.You have to dig your heels in and say I am determined to finish my course.”          KEEP GOING, KEEP GROWING

With Much Love

Peace of I