For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ -Luke 14:28-30
To plan to 'finish well' is to plan to follow Christ daily in humility and sacrifice. Finishing well does not imply living a perfect life, but it does require a life submitted to Him-- a life that is under the authority of Jesus Christ. Finishing well is all about the life of a committed disciple of Christ.
You can start the Christian life ablaze with the fire of your salvation, fresh and contagious. However, if the fuel of understanding and applying God’s Word is not added to your initial enthusiasm, you will burn out. You will not finish well. Finishing well is about joining with God today (and EVERY day) to accomplish His will. Finishing well is a building process. It is daily discerning God’s best and then following Him wholeheartedly.
Finish well by finishing strong. Become wiser today than you were yesterday. Love and forgive more today than you have in the past. Become more like Jesus in your attitude and actions.
Be encouraged. If you are growing in Christ and building a life of obedience, you are finishing well. Stop today, turn from yourself, and turn to Christ. It is never too late to finish well. The wreckage from your past may still haunt you at times, but forget what is behind and press forward for the higher calling in Christ. He is your new reason for living :)