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Finishing well?

I have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to finish well. My health has not been good the last few months and I started to ask myself (in self pity) “Is this what it is going to be like the rest of my life? Is this what it is like to grow old?” It wasn’t long before I snapped out of it and answered both questions with a resounding “No!”

I am feeling better finally and am doing a lot of things to improve my health. I remind myself of Paul’s admonition to “run the race”. In fact he says of himself at the end of his life that he had run the race. He obviously felt like he had finished well.

When I think of people who finished well I think of my friend Al Knight. Al had a strong sense that Jesus would return during his lifetime and Al lived his life according to that belief. Every day he lived expecting Jesus’ return and he was determined to be found faithful. Al was sometimes chastised by fellow Christians for not thinking enough about tomorrow but Al’s concern was not to hold anything back from today! I remember when I heard of Al’s death, I sat down in shock and grief. I said “Well I guess Jesus didn’t come in Al’s lifetime” My son comforted me with these words “He did, for Al.”

I recall when my dad was very sick; we used to watch old afternoon matinee movies on the television. We liked the old gangster movies. One of our favourites was with Edward G. Robinson who played the gangster Rico. Rico made his way to the top and had everything he ever wanted but he came, as all gangsters eventually do, to an unhappy end. His words “Is this the end of Rico?” convey a fruitlessness that was entirely absent from Paul or Al’s life.

I am determined that I will end well and that means I must end today well! If I take care of today, each day, tomorrow will take care of itself.

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2 comments on “Finishing well?

  1. One step at a time~One day at a time! God has us in the palm of His hand~
    Blessings and Love,
    Frankie

  2. “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.” Phil. 3:10-15

    Finishing well means first running well, don’t you think?

    “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Heb. 12:1-3

    It is nice running with you.

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