Finishing Strong

Good evening to everyone. I trust all of you have had a great week and one of no insurmountable problems. It’s been somewhat lengthy for me however. I am actually writing this post from an electrical control room at the plant while I keep my eye on new equipment that we are trying to bring to a stable operating point. It’s almost been like my second home for the last two weeks. But I think we are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel. At least I hope so.

The odd hours I have recently spent working during this frustrating time have been ones that I would normally have been either sleeping or enjoying time with my family. However, those hours have awarded me a lot of time to think and reflect on some things that I usually don’t allow much time for. And in the midst of all that reflection a somewhat serious and convicting question has caught my attention. I think this question has surfaced because of recent comments made by some folks that I have a lot confidence in. One of them is a very good friend and brother in Christ that I love and respect very much and I hold our relationship in high regard. The comment I am referring to is this: “I want to finish strong!” Mind you, I have heard this from several other friends on numerous occasions and now it is beginning to ring in my ears. Thus the question that has come to my mind is “What does it mean to finish strong?” Another one is “Do I really want to finish strong?” and then “If yes, what is my plan to do so?”

As I have pondered these questions I have come to realize that there are a few things that needs to be considered as I try to satisfy my desire to know the answers. For the first question “What does it mean to finish strong?” I think we can find the answer in Paul’s comments as he writes in his second letter to Timothy, his son in the ministry. Chapter 4, verse 7 reads something like this: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” In other words Paul is saying he didn’t quit, he never gave up, he didn’t let anyone or any circumstance steal from him the joy of his salvation. Paul left no room for failure or even compromise. He kept his eyes on the goal and his feet on solid ground. To finish strong is no little thing.

Now that we have at least a hint of understanding of what it means to finish strong, we can approach the subject with a little more caution. Next week we will consider a few more thoughts on the subject and try to make our way to the answers to the other questions. In the meantime maybe we should be asking ourselves if finishing strong is in our minds like it was Paul’s. It has certainly been on my mind for the past few weeks.

May God richly bless each of you!

David

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