Spring Fever

8 04 2013

Who knew? Spring fever is actually a medical condition. Scientists are still trying to puzzle out the malady that we refer to as spring fever, but there seems to be a hormonal component that helps us make the switch from the colder, grayer days of winter into the more active sunny days of spring. As these hormones ebb and flow, our moods, actions, and appetites change.

I have always associated spring fever with a seasonal restlessness that hits at this time of year. The school year is almost over. We can see the end in sight, and the promise of being released from books, classrooms, and homework is just more than we can stand. Students with spring fever quit before they finish. It isn’t just a school kid thing, however. Adults seem to get spring fever as well. Projects, classes, and resolutions that we made in January get left by the wayside as spring’s longer days invite us to step out of our routines and experience something novel and new. We end up not finishing what we started.

One of the things I am thankful for today is that God is a Finisher. What He starts, He brings to completion. What He begins, He sees through to the end. What He promises to do, He faithfully fulfills. God doesn’t get spring fever. He doesn’t give up on us halfway. He isn’t going to be distracted, lose focus, or get sidetracked. In fact, one element of His rich faithfulness is found in the promise embedded in Philippians 1:6. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

My Jesus Resolution today is to be a finisher. Jesus was a finisher. What He started in Bethlehem, He finished at Golgotha. I want to be like Him. I want faithfulness and integrity to define my heart. Spring fever has the ability to separate the starters from the finishers. Don’t give up now. Set your heart on continuing to open up your life to His movement, your soul to His power, and your eyes to His presence. As amazing as God’s beginnings always are, can you imagine what the finish line is going to be like?


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