you choose Q: “how can one finish better than he started?”
Q: In Ecclesiastes 7:8 it says, “The end of a thing is better than the beginning thereof.” How can one finish better than he started? —Okeleye
A: In these words found in Ecclesiastes, a book of Solomon’s wisdom literature, we find him emphasizing our need to patiently complete the projects before us. Sometimes a great start toward accomplishing something results in us becoming proud and boastful. But, in the end, that project that started out so well ends in failure because we stopped humbly moving forward in God’s power and sovereignty, and started to be filled with self and pride. So it’s much more important to God that we complete what we start with wisdom and patience, not how flashy or celebrated the start of the project might have been. I like how the New Living Translation puts it: “Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:8). By seeking God’s wisdom and patiently moving forward in His power, we can finish projects and life in a way that brings glory to Him. —Tom Felten
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