One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram's wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran's child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. Terah lived for 205 years and died while still in Haran. - Gen. 11:32-33
I believe this is one of the saddest verses in the entire Bible. Here we see a man (Abraham’s father, Terah) that set out on a journey. He had a specific destination in mind. But when he got halfway there, he stopped. It says he settled in Haran (named for his son). There may have been good reasons for it, but fact remains that he never reached his destination.
I believe this is a great metaphor for us today. We all have hopes and dreams. We want to accomplish certain things with our lives (like in “The Bucket List”). The questions we must answer are, “How bad do I want it?” or “What price am I willing to pay to see the fulfillment of my dreams?”
There are always reasons to settle. There are always plenty of opportunities to remain in our comfort zone, relax our intensity or just plain give up. But you’re not remembered for your beginning... you’re remembered for your end. It’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts! We need to finish well!