Read Genesis 11
Focus on verse 31
My father used to say to me “son, there is no shortage of people with initiative…but very few have ‘finitiative’”. In other words, most people get real excited about starting something new, but few have the discipline to follow through to the finish.
Much attention is given to the life of Abraham in the scriptures, the father of many nations, a man of great faith, a friend of God. Little attention is given to his father Terah who apparently also heard God call him out of the land of Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan. Terah started out well, “but when he came to Haran, they settled there”.
Terah ktook Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together lfrom Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there.(v. 31)
Terah bailed on the project. The text does not give us specifics about why he stopped there, but it does tell us that the plan was to go to Canaan.
It takes a certain measure of tenacity to finish any project. Few projects that I have ever been involved with have gone exactly according to plan. More often there have been unexpected obstacles, diversions, distractions and delays that cause many to give up. What it takes to finish the course is to be more obstinate than the obstacles. To focus on the finish line and ignore the distractions, even when the distractions are “good causes”. There are times when we have to allow those good causes to be attended to by someone else if the project we have been called to is to be completed.