Friday, May 30, 2014

Unfinished Business

I once went with some family and friends to Italy.  Rome, Florence, and Venice were the three cities we visited.  It was an amazing experience I will never forget.  The works of Michelangelo were especially fascinating.

So John Maxwell grabbed my attention when I read this in his book Be All You Can Be :

"Michelangelo worked on forty-four statues in his life.  He complete fourteen of them.  David and Moses are probably the most famous.  The other ones were never finished.  They're just blocks of stone, with perhaps an arm or a head.  There is a museum in Italy where you can see these unfinished works, the unfulfilled potential of a great genius." (page 30)

I guess a lot of us can relate to Michelangelo when it comes to unfinished business.  If we're honest, there are plenty of projects, relationships, and goals that need more attention from many of us.  And the hope is that we all will complete our tasks on this Earth while we still have time.

Paul took care of his business as a missionary:  "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."  (2 Timothy 4:7) 

Jesus Christ took care of His business as the Savior of the world on a Roman cross:  "It is finished."  ( John 19:30)

Hats off to Paul for serving his Lord.  And thanks be to God for Jesus Christ finishing His business and paying for our sins.  Both serve as inspirations for us to live our lives to the max.  (Of course, Jesus Christ sets the best example of all!) 

What unfinished business do you and I have left to address?  Let's not put it off.  Life is precious and time is short.  So let's make the most of today and see our matters carried through to completion. 

May we live in such a way that when our time on this Earth is done, we will have left no unfinished business.

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