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The Importance of Finishing What We Start

We can't do everything; we shouldn't try to do everything. And we all know that. Beyond the enormity of "everything", we shouldn't do all the things that appeal to us. Not all of us understand that.

If you are called to homeschool, then by all means do it well. Work at it with diligence. Continually seek the Lord for His guidance as you educate your children. Do the same with your marriage, in your daily walk with Jesus, in areas where you know the Lord has clearly called you. I really believe that homeschooling moms have this figured out, and are doing a pretty terrific job with our children overall.

But some of us, or maybe even all of us to some degree, can get excited about a new idea - then we take off running at a full sprint to make the idea a reality - and often we run out of steam and fail to finish what we started. This common problem has a simple fix. Well, two simple fixes.

The first fix is to STOP!!! before taking every idea and turning it into a reality. Ladies, not every idea we come up with is worth pursuing. Some are well enough, but aren't God's will for us during this busy season of homeschooling. And, quite frankly, some things that we want to "improve" or "change" are just fine the way they are. We may want change for changes sake, but perhaps things are fine just the way they are.

Have you ever become so excited about a new idea that you start working on it fast and furious, only to burn out quickly? And if it's a project that needs to be continued, you may even find yourself "dumping" the project onto others since you're burned out. But what if you tried a new approach ~ pray about it first, and pray longer the more excited you are about the new idea. Don't make a move until you know beyond all doubt that it is the Lord's good and perfect and pleasing will for your life. This is not as much fun as jumping in feet first every time something new catches your fancy, but it is a better way to live. You will trade some of that excitement for a whole lot of peace and contentment.

And when you get a green light from the Lord, you can move ahead with confidence, knowing that He will equip you with every single thing you need to get the job done. All that, without taking anything away from your role as a wife, mom, homeschooler.

It's important to finish what we start; it sets a good example for our children. But when we find ourselves frequently unable to finish what we have begun, it may be time for a reality check. Are there any areas you need to evaluate today?

Be blessed as you make wise choices with His loving guidance!

Day 224 done :)

Jan L. Burt


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