Finishing well isn’t something you do at the end of your life—it is what you determine to do every day of your life. (Neil Cole, author)
Most of us don’t like to think about discipline. It implies too much about rules, hard work, and punishment. If we were to think of it as the means to mastery of an art, a sport, or learning, we could begin to appreciate its value. Practicing the piano diligently, spending time on the putting green, studying the lessons of history—those are the kinds of things that enable us to finish well.
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. (Hebrews 12:11)