This article was originally written for Rooted Ministries. “Finish well” is common parlance in youth groups for “don’t spoil the ending.” It’s a frequent refrain in academic addresses seeking to curtail “senior-itis” among imminent graduates. It is undoubtedly a valid direction to give students. But what happens when they don’t finish well? What happens when one of your students screws up the ending to their academic career? What happens if their faith flatlines? In those instances, I’d invite you to bring them to Psalm 119.