At the start of any large organized marathon, there are thousands of people lined up. There is energy, excitement, and enthusiasm. There are costumes. It isn’t uncommon to see people planning to run 26.2 miles dressed as Elvis.
That’s the starting line. The finish line looks quite different. There are a lot less people. Far fewer costumes. And while some finish well, many more barely finish, stumbling, walking, or even crawling or being carried across that line on the pavement. But whether they sprint across or crawl across, and no matter what the time reads as they cross, everyone who crosses the finish line has one thing in common: they all finished. Many who start never do. The point isn’t how you start, it’s how you finish.
The first eleven chapters of 1 Kings detail Solomon’s life and accomplishments. No king in Israel’s history built more, taught more, spent more, wrote more, or married more. But for all that, his death is summed up with this simple statement: “And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David his father.” He started well—with the best of them—but he didn’t finish well. May we be a people who finish strong.
What adjustments do you need to make in your race to finish well?