Years ago I was in a bible study group when we read a book titled “Finishing Strong.” It was a very applicable book about rising to the occasion and giving your all in life and seeing things through. It was written from a faith perspective and it focused on the importance of perseverance, faith, hope, and love. I have remembered the title over the years even though I have forgotten many of the reflections and teachings from the book.
The title of the book came back to me this past weekend. I was running with some friends in a half marathon in Charlotte. We had run well throughout the race and came to the final segment of the race – an uphill battle along Morehead Street called the Morehead Mile. We gave it the best we had and pushed each other across the finish line. Success!
Sometimes our projects, our deadlines, our school year, our season – whatever – feels like a race. We push ourselves steadily along and give it the best we have until we cross the finish line. Sometimes we burn out early and whimper across. Sometimes we quit before we ever get there. As a community of faith and within our own families, my hope is that we help each other keep a realistic pace and push each other to
Hang in there, brothers and sisters, and know that you are not alone. Take your water stops when you need them. Make time to stop and stretch your muscles. Shout out a word of encouragement. Keep the finish line firmly in sight. Let’s pursue righteousness (right-relatedness) and strive to finish strong together!
To God be the Glory!