“Teach your kids that if they want to be successful, they need to learn to be “finishers.”

For example, almost everyone is familiar with the Bic pen brand. But did you know that the guy who invented the ballpoint pen is not the same guy who marketed it? A man from Hungary designed the pen, but he never patented it. Years later, another guy from France, Marcel Bich, actually founded a manufacturing company to make his own patented design of ballpoint pens, and he developed the successful brand that is known all over the world today as Bic.

A lot of people make it in life, not because they started something, but because they picked up something that somebody else dropped and finished it. I don’t want anybody finishing for me. I don’t want to spend my whole life working on something, and then fall down right in front of the finish line and have somebody else finish for me and get all of the credit.

From the Bible, we can see that God is really big on finishing stuff. Hebrews 12:2 says that God is the Author and the Finisher of your faith. And in Philippians 1:6 He said that what He’s begun in you, He will complete.

We need to be like God and be finishers. Teach your kids to have some “stick-to-itiveness” about them, meaning they’ll stick with something until it’s finished.

Teach them to not be quitters, but to persevere all the way to the end. They may not be the first one to cross the finish line, but teach them that it’s still important to finish.

One of the most practical ways to teach your child to be a finisher is by teaching them God’s Word. A little at a time, day after day. 

The Take Away

Finishing what we start is vital to everything we do in life. Don’t let somebody else finish what you’ve started and get the credit for it. No matter what challenges may arise, determine to finish what you start. Be a FINISHER!

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