Many of us today are in a final quarter. For some it is the final quarter of life itself, but for others it can be the final quarter of a job, a task, or a situation. Whatever it is in you, know that how you play out the final quarter is extremely important. The writer of Hebrews notes the importance to running the race to the end in Heb 12:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."
You may be tired. You may be hurting. You may want to just quit or coast, but it is important to remain faithful to the end. For a company, there is nothing worse than an employee who just bides his time toward his final days. For a track runner, you want to see her straining all the way to the finish line.
Seth Godin sums it up well in his blog:
It's not enough to finish the checklist, to hurriedly do the last three steps and declare victory. In fact, the last coat of polish and the unhurried delivery of worthwhile work is valued all out of proportion to the total amount of effort you put into the project.