Tuesday, August 18 2020
Hello fellow brothers and neighbors!!
It is so great to communicate with you today. As the Grateful Dead said famously, "what a long strange trip it's been..." And it only gets stranger. But, hey that's what you get when you're living in a fallen world with sinful people, living for the moment and striving for personal happiness.
The good news is you are Loved, Cared for and Thought about, more than you realize. You don't have to go at it alone. I know you want to, as men it's easy to do that.
Find your band of brothers, cultivate openness and forthrightness with them. Share authentically so others can support you. It is not easy right now to be a man/dad/provider/rock right now in this time and age. You are being pulled in many directions but you can make it, you can persevere, you're here on purpose and you too can Finish in Excellence. Keep striving, keep fighting, keep endeavoring and your faithfulness will be rewarded.
My grandfather had a saying that he constantly shared with us:
"Once a job has begun, never leave it til it's done. Be the duty great or small, do it right or not at all." - Irv Kennedy
It is found online this way:
“If a task is once begun, never leave it ‘till it’s done.
Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.”
There's no promise of ease in this. There's not a promise of happiness.
There is a sense of duty and responsibility. There is fulfillment of purpose and follow through.
Making it happen.
So, how are you making it happen? Where are you making it happen? Are you finishing?
Many of us have great intentions. We start things or we think about starting things but do we ever think about what those things look like finished?
Think about it for a moment, what is sitting half done in your basement, garage, office, house, etc.
Which project do you most want to finish? Why isn't it?
Which one is the most hard to find time to finish? Why is that?
What is your wife nagging about to get done at home?
One of the reasons why we fail to finish is summed up well in Jon Acuff's book aptly titled Finish.
“You’ve got some secret rules that make it really difficult for you to finish.” - Jon Acuff
Maybe perfectionism, maybe distraction.
Don't forget: “Accomplishing a goal is a lot less like taking a train across country and a lot more like driving a bumper car.” - Acuff again...he's sharp.
Here's to shedding your secret rules; here's to crashing; here's to moving into the person you were created to be and here's to finishing!
Action item: Combine two things a project started and a loved one. Find something that you can FINISH WELL with someone you love. Include the people who care most for you and make it happen, FINISH.
Don't Fear That Day!
Jonathan Kennedy, Jr