It’s been one year since we started a church in Southwest Baltimore. This year has been full of intense challenges and encouragements. Over all it’s been a tremendous start. Yet today I find myself wondering how I will finish.

Truthfully, how I finish will overshadow how I’ve started.

Whether I’m reading a book, exercising, or starting a church, I’ve found that its more difficult to finish than it is to start. I’ve been thinking about this because Jesus said,

“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” -John 4:34

For some reason those final three words stood out to me. I’ve often found encouragement to do God’s will but now I want an appetite to finish His work. Jesus found delight in finishing. I actually think that envisioning how we want to finish is a good place to start. There are so many new works beginning in Baltimore. I pray that we will all finish better than we have started.