I've been thinking and praying the past few days about my plans and goals for 2012. I thought about different Bible study plans and methods. I thought about books of the Bible I'd like to focus on. The one phrase that God keeps bringing to my mind is "finish fully." My "one word" of 2012, my one goal, is FINISH.
I'm one of those people who does great when it's time to start a project, but not so great when it's time to finish it. I have several unfinished Bible studies in my notebook or on my phone on YouVersion. I have scriptures I'm working on memorizing but have fallen behind on. I have a journal I haven't touched in weeks. And I know that God wants my new phrase for this year to be "finish fully."
Finish - even though I'm behind. Finish - even if the deadline is past and the rest of the group is already done. Finish - even when I don't feel like it. Finish - even when I think it's pointless. Just finish.
My husband and I are doing a Bible reading plan together - the M'Cheyne plan - where you read through the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice in a year. I will finish it. I started memorizing Romans 8 with Hiding His Word, and although I'm behind, I will finish it. I started an inductive study of Ephesians...I don't even know when I started it, its been so long...but this year, I will finish it. Even if those are the only things I get done in 2012, I will finish fully.
Isn't that really the ultimate goal - to finish fully? When I close my eyes and finish this life, when I open my eyes into my new life, my real life, I want to hear my Savior say, "Well done. You finished your race - welcome home."