Solomon tells us that the end of a thing is better than its beginning (Ecclesiastes 7:8). New endeavors can be so exciting and growth producing, this statement is initially surprising. Can he possibly be correct? We love babies and puppies, but we do rejoice when they are potty-trained! The first day of school, weddings, and graduations are all exciting beginnings, but they also represent the end of babyhood, the end of singleness, and the end of academic pursuits. Consider your moments of achievement . . . whether it was handing in a thesis or putting away all the painting equipment and surveying the new freshness in your home . . . there is something wonderful about the end of a thing. Perhaps, Solomon was as wise as they say.

Call to mind those tasks as yet undone in your life—the half-completed bird house? The abandoned exercise equipment? Or, the unorganized photos in a box? Your Heritage of Hope Checklist? Whatever that unfinished project is for you, the feeling it pulls up is not pleasant! I do believe Solomon was right! The end of a thing is better than its beginning!

What gets in the way of us finishing what we start? Perhaps it was not worthy of our time in the first place? We gave in to good marketing or a pleading child? Perhaps it became much too complicated or expensive? Did priorities change? Perhaps life took a turn, and that season has passed. So . . . let’s decide if our unfinished projects are to remain on our to-do lists. If we are not going to complete them, why not give the materials away and set ourselves free of guilt? Whether you call this getting organized, simplifying, cleaning house, or downsizing, eliminate and concentrate is a worthy motto. I believe Solomon would approve.

There is one project worthy of your concentration, and that is your Heritage of Hope Checklist—pages 22 and 23 of your Workbook. It is within your power to orchestrate exit strategies that (1) honor God, (2) deeply bless your people in ways only you can do, and in this process (3) release yourself to embrace a fruitful fourth quarter of life.

If it has been awhile since you attended a Heritage of Hope event, consider running through the materials a second time by leading a small group of like-minded folks. To make such leadership relatively easy, we are hosting a Heritage of Hope Facilitator Workshop on April 25th, 10 AM to 4 PM, in Vancouver. We invite you to join us and help others discover the joy and peace of having one’s affairs in order. Three words of Jesus continue to inspire us, It is finished.