Finish Strong By Pastor Kahlil Carmichael

 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6 NIV)

Finish Strong By Pastor Kahlil Carmichael

You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:3-4

I am a longtime admirer of marathoners. Truthfully, I am even a fan of those who are in training for a marathon! Thinking about the time and consistent discipline that must be put in day in and day out to complete a marathon — all 26.2 miles of it — truly captivates my heart and imagination.

But I am equally impressed with those who make a decision to work out when it is not convenient, when it doesn’t feel good, or when there are some initial pangs of discomfort when a new exercise is introduced. Why? Because they are persevering. I have a slogan on my mirror that says, “Finish Strong.”

Although I am a very big believer in new beginnings and starting right where you are, I have truly grown to appreciate the qualities of a finisher as it relates to getting fit.

When we do what we have previously deemed impossible, such as work out at 5:00 a.m., stop smoking cigarettes, or even train to run a marathon, it builds us physically and mentally.

So what’s the formula to help us when we begin our own personal wellness journeys?

1. Step out on faith;

2. Do the work;

3. Persevere;

4. Mature;

5. Finish strong.

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