The Story Continues


My kickboxing bag stands in the corner of our garage. Andrea gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago. I think about hanging it up every once in a while for a workout but somehow something always seems to come up.

I started a DIY kitchen project a while back. The next step was to install a tile backsplash. Andrea and I picked out the tile. I estimated the quantity. And…well that was two years ago and I haven’t gotten started.

I have a collection of unfinished projects and half-read books. Things started but left unfinished. Do you finish everything you start? Probably not. And to be honest, some things aren’t worth finishing.

But don’t think, even for a second, that you can put God in your collection of unfinished projects. For starters, he isn’t a “project.” Besides, he’s not going to sit on a shelf contentedly waiting for you to give him your attention once the kids are grown or the retirement is funded or life slows down.

The Israelites learned that lesson the hard way. They returned from Babylonian captivity to rebuild the temple. They started strong but in time turned their attention to other endeavors. They got distracted. What was important to God became unimportant to them.

Sixteen years passed without any work being done on the temple. So God allowed drought and downturns and difficulties to come upon them. And he said, “Give careful thought to your ways” (Haggai 1:5, 7).

God is either the main thing in your life or he is nothing. At the end of the day, each of us are responsible for our own schedule. There is really no such thing as partial obedience. God begins as the priority and then we schedule time with him. We schedule the things that are important to him. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God . . .” (Matthew 6:33).

The Jews eventually got back to God’s priorities and took part in one of the greatest works of heaven. You can too. There are some things worth finishing.

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