The end of a matter is better than its beginning (Ecclesiastes 7:8a NIV).
Take a moment to take stock of all the beginnings you have made in life. Try to find out how many of them you were able to bring to a meaningful and successful conclusion.
Take some time to read through the histories of the kings of Judah and Israel as recorded in the Bible. It would surprise you to note that many of them who had godly and successful beginnings in their reigns ended up in rather miserable ways. Most of them in the end had a broken relationship with God. We would do well to learn from their lives.
One of the reasons that cause such downfall is because people don’t realize the fact that good beginnings are not enough. They might give us happiness and a sense of achievement. But as time passes and the matter that is at hand reaches the middle stages a lazy attitude slowly starts to creep in. Our energy and enthusiasm begins to sag. We get discouraged when progress seems to be slow. We start to wonder whether we should have started to do the work in the first place.
It is at this stage that we need to refocus on the end. We need to reflect also on the ways that God had led us until this point. We need to encourage ourselves with the thought that the crown belongs only to finishers and not to starters and half-way runners. We need to fire ourselves up with the thought that God helped us to begin because He desired us to complete the work. We need to get a godly vision of the end that God has in mind and never give up on what He has helped us begin!