When you start something, do you see it through to the end?

1. You’re finally folding the pile of clean laundry your Mom asked you to finish when your friends call and ask you to go rollerblading. You:

A. Lace up your blades. The clothes can wait.
B. Meet up with them in 15 minutes. In the meantime you get as much done as possible, then finish the rest when you get back.
C. Stay put. You started the laundry and you’ll finish the laundry, even if it means missing out on fun with friends.

2. You promised your little brother you’d help paint his room. Where are you when the first coat is dry and it’s time for the second one?

A. Long gone. You helped out with most of the first coat; he can finish it up.
B. Taking a break for a burger with friends. But you’ll be back in time to help with the finishing touches.
C. Dipping your brush in paint.

3. Your youth group is reading through the Bible in a year. Two months into the readings you:

A. Are so far behind you give up.
B. Need to catch up on a few days you skipped.
C. Right on track.

4. Your older sister and brotherinlaw need a babysitter every Tuesday night for the next three months. You volunteer, but after a month of watching your rowdy little nephew, you:

A. Throw in the towel. There’s no way you’re spending every Tuesday night chasing around a little kid.
B. Tell them you can’t watch your nephew every week, but give them a list of a few dates you’re willing to babysit.
C. Stick with it. A promise is a promise.

5. You get a ton of nice presents at a surprise birthday bash. You:

A. Never actually get around to writing thankyou notes.
B. Write thankyou notes but they sit on your desk for a week.
C. Write thankyou notes right after the party and mail them the next day.

6. You plan to apply for as many college scholarships as possible. But halfway through your huge stack you:

A. Figure there’s a billion other kids applying for these things, so why waste your time?
B. Set a smaller goal and try to finish at least five.
C. Think the more you apply for, the better your chances of getting free money. You keep writing those essays.

7. Your family got an adorable new pup on the condition that you take him to doggie school. After the first few lessons you:

A. Stop going because your pooch at least seems to recognize his name.
B. Miss one or two classes, but make it all the way through to graduation.
C. Don’t miss a single class.

8. Your youth pastor asked you to invite a list of kids in your neighborhood to your youth group. You call half the people on the list and not one of them can go. So you:

A. Don’t bother calling anyone else.
B. Feel pretty discouraged. You only call a few more people from the list.
C. Keep calling until you’ve gone through the entire list.

9. How often do you finish to do lists?

A. They just keep getting longer and longer.
B. Most of the time. But sometimes you skip a couple of things you can do the next day.
C. You live for marking things off your list.

10. It’s halfway through basketball season and you haven’t spent one second on the court during an actual game. So you:

A. Why waste your time?
B. Ask your coach if you can be the team manager. At least you’ll be helping the team.
C. Practice even harder and try your best to prove yourself to the coach.

11. When your English teacher first asked you to keep a journal for the entire semester you were totally dedicated to keeping it up to date. Now, it’s the night before the journal’s due, and you:

A. Stay up all night to write a semester’s worth of entries.
B. Fill in a few remaining blank pages.
C. Relax in front of the TV. Your journal is totally up to date.

12. Your friends are playing touch football in the park and they call you to be the quarterback, but you’re right in the middle of studying for your algebra test. You:

A. Race to the park. You’ll cram for the test in study hall tomorrow.
B. Study for an hour, play for an hour, then come home and hit the books again.
C. Tell them to definitely count you in for the next game, but you have to finish studying now.

13. You’re in training, hoping to get to the point where you can run five miles without stopping by the end of three months. Will you make it?

A. Probably not. You get bored with the same workout routine for an entire month.
B. Probably so. You asked your track coach for a workable schedule that you can follow pretty closely.
C. Once you start, you know you’ll finish.

14. You’ve almost reached your summer savings goal when you spot a bike you’ve had your eye on for months. So you:

A. Buy the bike. You can save later.
B. Go to the store to see if you can put the bike on layaway. After a few weeks of cutting back a little from your planned savings, you’ll have enough to buy the bike.
C. Keep saving. As much as you want that bike, you want to make your savings goal more.

15. You promised your little brother you’d help paint his room. Where are you when the first coat is dry and it’s time for the second one?

A. Long gone. You helped out with most of the first coat; he can finish it up.
B. Taking a break for a burger with friends. But you’ll be back in time to help with the finishing touches.
C. Dipping your brush in paint.

Scoring

Mostly C’s: As it says in Matthew 25:21: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” You are always good on your promises and a faithful finisher. Dedication can be a great quality and definitely comes in handy with studying, work and even your spiritual life. As Galatians 6:9 says, don’t get tired of doing good. Keep on keeping on!

Mostly B’s: You’re usually pretty good about seeing things through to the end. Although you try to finish everything you start, you do sometimes cut corners to get it done. When you agree to do something, remember these words from 2 Timothy 4:7, NLT: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” Always keep in mind that your promises reflect on your Christian commitment and character. Sticking with your everyday projects is a way to show that your faith is real.

Mostly A’s: Although you mean well, you hardly ever finish what you start. You’re easily sidetracked and you often look for the easy way out. This may not seem like a big deal—but it is, especially when it comes to your spiritual life. Proverbs 12:24 offers this advice and a warning: “The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work” (The Message). As you seek to break free from old patterns that have enslaved you, start small, set realistic goals and work on a task until it’s completed. In doing so you’ll feel accomplished and eventually gain a reputation as someone who can be counted on to finish what you start.

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