On sunlit days during the noon hour, the streets of Salt Lake City abound with men and women who for a moment leave the confines of the tall office buildings and engage in that universal delight called window shopping. On occasion I, too, am a participant.
One Wednesday I paused before the elegant show window of a prestigious furniture store. That which caught and held my attention was not the beautifully designed sofa nor the comfortable appearing chair that stood at its side. Neither was it the beautiful chandelier positioned overhead. Rather, my eyes rested on a small sign that had been placed at the bottom right-hand corner of the window. Its message was brief: “FINISHERS WANTED.”
The store had need of those persons who possessed the talent and the skill to make ready for final sale the expensive furniture the firm manufactured and sold. “Finishers Wanted.” The words remained with me as I returned to the pressing activities of the day.
In life, as in business, there has always been a need for those persons who could be called finishers. Their ranks are few, their opportunities many, their contributions great.
From the very beginning to the present time, a fundamental question remains to be answered by each who runs the race of life. Shall I falter, or shall I finish? On the answer await the blessings of joy and happiness here in mortality and eternal life in the world to come.
So, thinking about projects that I wanted to finish, that day I took a few "before" pictures. The living room actually wasn't too bad, so that's where I started.
One of the reasons these nagging items don't get done is that in the grand eternal scheme they're probably not really that important. At least, that's one of the reasons I use to justify procrastinating. However, cleanliness and order are god-like traits, and I always need to be improving in that area.
President Monson went on to say that we are not left without guidance in our decision to be finishers. Vision, effort, faith, virtue, courage, and prayer will help us succeed in all of our righteous goals.
Hmmm, I wonder what the next project should be?