The story of Samson in the Bible shows that it is possible to finish strong despite past mistakes.
Samson had a calling from God to rescue Israel from the Philistines. He was uniquely gifted to do so, possessing supernatural strength. But because of his many sins, Samson found himself captured, blinded, and imprisoned by his enemies – forced to labor like an animal.
Nevertheless, God made a way for Samson to fulfill his calling and destroy thousands of Philistines, including all of their leadership. God did this by restoring Samson’s strength at literally the final moment of his life. This is triumphantly recorded in the book of Judges: So Samson killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.
It is easy for me to dwell on what I have NOT accomplished. Even worse, I am aware of my own shortcomings which contribute to that condition. Samson, however, is a reminder that I may yet fulfill God’s purpose for my life.
Through the eyes of God’s grace, every tomorrow is – in some way – better than the day before. He gives me strength to finish strong.