Years ago I was in a church bowling league, pity the poor team that had to have me because I had never bowled and didn’t have the first clue as to how to stand or throw the ball, if I were ever able to simply keep it out of the gutter everyone cheered! One thing I heard more than once from would-be instructors was to “carry through” with the throw, seems that was supposed to make a difference. Later on in life I listened in as someone was giving golf lessons and again I heard the encouragement to “carry through” with your swing. I have heard it back when my son was getting instructions on how to bat when he was in the Little League. Actually that is good advice for anything you do isn’t it?
If you begin a project see it through to the end. I have a problem of being distracted and cleaning in great spurts of energy and while I am in the middle of that I will think of something else that needs to be done so I leave cleaning product, cloths with polish, brushes to scrub the toilet in the middle of what I am doing and go to my next project planning to come back later and finish, sometimes I really do it too! I remember a project that was left in the early stages and I won’t mention who it was but one member of my family decided to paint our basement “sunshine yellow”, at least that was the name on the can. One corner got painted and then stood in infamy to accuse the painter for years to come that the project never got finished. Therefore, anytime anyone decided to do a project after that we would all simply say “sunshine yellow” signifying that if it got started it needed to be finished.
I gave that a lot of thought this past week as I spent time reading the Gospels and following the life of Jesus. Everything He did was done to achieve a determined end, one that He knew was coming as well as the reason it had to be finished, His life had purpose. From the moment He was born until we first see Him conversing in the Temple with the elders at the age of twelve He was learning His Father’s business and, as He told Mary and Joseph when they found Him there with the elders and were going to chide Him, He was “about His Father’s business”. Every miracle He performed, every time He spoke a parable to the people or explained them to His disciples His one goal was to point to the Kingdom of Heaven and the Father.
John 14:9-10 “You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.” The dictionary says, “Purpose is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”
Do you know what your purpose is? Are you fulfilling it by carrying through with your plans? Just “Selah” or stop and think on these things.