Begin to Finish

You can’t get it done ‘til you start.

Norman Beal

It is most easy to imagine a great result; intoxicating, to rest in a future where all things are complete and in working order. But without now – right here – there, remains an unachievable dream, a drunken state of mind where ideals and emotion deprive us of life, where good intention pacifies the will and leads to nowhere.

The eternal now is the hereafter, providing that now begins that which is to come; apart from which, life is a delusion, the never-ending defiant opiate of reality in which all that exists, doesn’t.


About Todd Beal

I love truth and its facts. I love thought-provoking conversations that give both the other person and me a better understanding of a particular topic. I love to find answers to life-long questions; answers that let me see things for what they are instead of what they seem to be. I truly enjoy being in the midst of a group of people where all individuals are joining in, where everybody is enjoying the company of each other. I relax in the company of individuals who are competent yet humble. I like to catch myself doing or saying something ridiculous and then laugh my head off. I enjoy my church and being involved.
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9 Responses to Begin to Finish

  1. Lance Ponder says:

    Poetry disguised as prose. Very clever. 😀


  2. “Now” is the ONLY time we have.
    The past is gone and while we can learn lessons from it and maybe even try to rectify past mistakes, “now” remains the only time we have.

    The future holds enormous possibilities – but each and every one depends on “now” – on how we use our “now” to strive for and reach those possibilities and see them become reality.

    von Goethe said: What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

    W. Clement Stone said: The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

    T.S. Eliot said: Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

    and from Mr Anon:
    >> So many fail because they don’t get started – they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin.
    >> You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
    >> If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time

    and from the Word:
    2 Corinthians 6:2 Behold NOW is the accepted time; behold NOW is the day of salvation.

    Romans 13:11 Knowing the time that NOW it is high time to awake out of sleep; for NOW is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand.


    • Todd Beal says:


      That is an excellent breakdown; you hit the nail right on the head.  What a great and enjoyably true extension to this post.  Thank you.

      | The future holds enormous possibilities – but each and every one depends on “now” – on how we use our “now” to strive for and reach those possibilities and see them become reality. |

      So true.


  3. pbus1 says:

    Hi Todd,

    I like this post. [You can’t get it done ’til you start] So true. I thought of what could be in between, beginning to finish. For some, “procrastination” lies between the two. Procrastination can prevent one from finishing what they started. This could be a result of one’s own lassitude, or it could be a trick of the enemy of our souls. Procrastination hinders our “now”. It behooves us to stay in the press.

    Philippians 3:13-14, says, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Don’t let procrastination prevent you from finishing what you started. [Begin to Finish]



    • Todd Beal says:

      And therein lies the culprit Paulette, procrastination; whether in getting started or continuing what we start. Sean Penn’s character in the Movie, “All the Kings Men”, summed up the folly of procrastination quite effectively with the statement, “Sometime ain’t never now.”

      Personally, I would rather surround myself with those that try but can’t, than with those who can but won’t.

      Thanks for providing part two for this post.


  4. Excellent post…very thought provoking. “Now” seems to be the most challenging time of all.


    • Todd Beal says:

      Welcome, Amy. Thanks for joining the conversation.

      | “Now” seems to be the most challenging time of all. |

      A quick comparison between today’s world events and Bible prophecy reveals one thing; everything is progressing as God foretold. It is always a great comfort to me knowing that I can trust the scriptures.

      Truth contains no contradiction: therefore, if God is Truth, and if God wrote the Bible through the Holy Spirit’s impression upon Godly men and women, then whether I read the account of Creation, the scriptural Plan of Salvation, Paul’s doctrine of Christianity, or Biblical prophecy, I can rest assured it contains no contradiction and is therefore true. Man, now that’s awesome!


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