I’ve watched many a volleyball game since my youngest daughter started playing back in fifth grade. I’ve got to admit, I like it when her team comes out hot, all the players fired up and ready to go, knocking the team on the other side of the net off kilter.
But I’ve learned over and over again that, while fired up starts are fun, how the team finishes makes all the difference in who wins and who loses the sets, and ultimately, the overall match.
In sports, if you start strong, you still have to finish strong to win. If you start off as the underdog, on the defensive against a team that’s playing better than you, then you have to finish better than you started — better than the other team — if you want to win.
How you finish wins the game.
The same is true for life, isn’t it? (So many lessons learned in sports are applicable to life.) You started life a certain way … a certain “who.” But here’s the question: Who are you going to be when you finish it?
That just may be one of the most important questions you ever answer.
And here’s another thought to encourage you: God says He started something good in you … and He’s going to complete it. (Philippians 1:6). God’s no quitter. He’s all about completing what He started.
What about you?
In Others’ Words: What life lesson have you learned playing sports? And do you consider yourself a starter, a finisher — or a bit of both?
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