Happy 365! Do you know what today is? It is a very special day for all mankind. It is day 365 for ChuckBalsamo.com. I mean that as of today, I have posted 365 consecutive, daily blogs!
Sadly, not much time for celebrating at the moment. I’m working on my Sunday message until 2pm. Then, I’m going to visit my amazing father-in-law in Richmond, VA. That will be fun. It might even count for celebrating!
I’m spending the night in Richmond and then at 7am tomorrow morning, I’ll be cheering for my wife, Emily as she runs the Richmond Marathon! She’s trained so well and I’m very proud of her. Due to an overly complicated last 7 months, I wasn’t able to train for this race. So tomorrow, I’ll just be a fan in the crowd.
But, wait a minute! Fan’s make a difference!
People rise and fall on the cheers of fans! Thats right! Tomorrow, I will cheer and cheer until I can cheer no more! I will cheer so obnoxiously, all the other more dignified fans will wonder if I’m mentally stable. Go Emily! Go! Go! Goooooooooo! Run! Run! Ruuuunnnnnnn! Do you see my point?
At least I get to carb load with Emily today. Bagels and pasta, yes. I’m a good and supportive husband! lol
Finishing Is Important
There is something very special about carrying an assignment all the way to the finish. Anyone can start something. But only winners finish what they begin.
Do you remember Moses from the Bible? After freeing a nation of slaves from the Pharaoh of Egypt, he spent months alone in the mountains with God, receiving meticulous instructions about what he would with the rest of his life. Moses was commanded to build a tabernacle for worship. He was told exactly when and how God wanted him to build it. Moses started the work and Moses finished the work.
And on the day when Moses finished what he started, something extraordinary happened.
Exodus 40:33-35 Then he (Moses) hung the curtains forming the courtyard around the Tabernacle and the altar. And he set up the curtain at the entrance of the courtyard. So at last Moses FINISHED the work. Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED the Tabernacle. Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.
I realize that today might be just another ordinary day for you. It would be just another ordinary day for me too, except that today is all finishing something I started 365 days ago. For Emily, it’s about all of the training that led her to this point. It’s about running a good race and finishing strong.
Who knows what’s going to happen today? Maybe nothing immediately recognizable. This might turn out to be just another seemingly ordinary day. But, I believe that just as Moses finished his work, and then the glory cloud covered the tabernacle, it will be the same for me. I believe that something awesome happens every time someone finishes a God ordained assignment.
I have written one blog each day for one straight year, no matter the obstacles I’ve faced. I just want God to look on my work and measure it for consistency and passion. I want to hear Him say, “Well done Chuck!”
The only reward I desire is for his glory to fill my life and ministry. I want everything I do to be marked with the Glory of the Lord.
Be inspired to finish more of your own God ordained assignments.
Don’t Be A Quitter
Trust me, there are a million reasons to quit everything you set out to accomplish. Especially the meaningful things. But the glory comes to the person who stays in the race. It comes to the one who trains uncommonly, and enters his race with great optimism, and overcomes a million temptations to drop out. He defies the odds, and finishes strong!
Thanks for making this blog site such a great source of inspiration for so many people worldwide!
I hope todays blog 365 is everything you hoped it would be. Now dream big, live bold, and keep on making a difference with your amazing life. Love you all. Have a most triumphant day!