Strength For The Finish

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “last.”

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The last few weeks have passed in a bit of a blur!  It seems like about ten minutes ago that October was beginning and yet here we are in November – 31 Days later, and 31 posts later!

Thank you to everyone who joined me over the last month as I wrote letters to my younger self.  It was an interesting challenge and I have appreciated all your encouragement.  It definitely helped me to persevere with the posts as I began to flag in the last week or so.

I’ve noticed this is true in many areas of life – at the start of a task, everything is exciting and fresh, and energy and enthusiasm are high, but as I come towards the end I become tired, inspiration begins to run dry, and it feels a lot more like hard work.  Why does the last bit have to be so hard?

That’s where encouragement is so important.  I think of a friend who took part in a marathon a few years ago.  I went to cheer her on along with some other friends and we were standing around the 20 mile mark.  When she appeared she was exhausted and close to tears, but after a brief conversation and a few words of encouragement, she left with a spring in her step and fresh resolve to complete the race.

We need one another to help us keep going to complete that last little bit, and it doesn’t take a lot to give someone the strength to persevere.

So, if you’re struggling to find the strength to finish something today, let me encourage you with these words:

Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.”  (Isaiah 40:28-31 NLT)

I loved the analogy that Kate shared in her Five Minute Friday post today that writing a post today after completing Write 31 Days is a little like completing a marathon and realising you have to walk another mile to get back to the car!  However, I love the Five Minute Friday community and didn’t want to miss out on posting.

I am going to take a short breather now though since I have just posted for 33 consecutive days! (31 Days in October, plus an intro post the day before, plus this post)  I won’t be posting as usual this Monday but I hope to be back for Five Minute Friday next week.

16 thoughts on “Strength For The Finish

  1. I have asked to be endowed
    with strength unto the end,
    but I cannot see down the road,
    and what lies round the bend.
    Perhaps my request’s unwise,
    for will it make me face
    terrors unfit for human eyes,
    and Hades’ unholy grace?
    Perhaps I should have pled to be
    held close and protected,
    not stand on pride and dignity,
    with all comfort rejected.
    To take it back is unbecoming,
    but I wish I could…for hell is coming.

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  2. I can certainly relate to being energized at the beginning of a new task, but dragging by the end. I need encouragement to finish, and finish well. Thanks for sharing this post today!

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  3. Lesley, thanks for these words and verses. Yes, I’m working to finish something…big…and a bit intimidating. I’m so thankful our Father walks with us, strengthens us and gives us what we need to persevere and finish.

    Well done on our series, my friend. I so enjoyed it!

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  4. As one who used to run races, I know how critical that encouragement can be! And now that I no longer run, I enjoy being that voice in the crowd cheering others on. I get emotional just thinking about it. How much more important that we do it for each other in this spiritual race we’re all running. Thanks for your faithfulness to encourage others, Lesley!

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