Greetings to all those wanting to finish strong
I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No SLOPPY living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself” – 1 Corinthians 9:26 (Message)
Recently my 36-year-old son Levi ran the Boston Marathon, his first. His employer is a proud sponsor, making provisions for their employees, so Levi was able to bypass the usual qualifiers. He ran a great race, and at the finish line, posed, smiling with his family. I was proud to give him a hug and congratulate him. He had made great time, only taking 20 minutes longer than he had estimated. Though he had finished well, he chided himself that he could have done better. He had attacked ‘heartbreak hill’ topped it, then let up some. This is what he regretted. He felt he could have completed the run with a better time.
When it comes to the race of life you should endeavor to finish strong in faith. The Bible says ‘the outer man perishes, but the inner person in renewed day by day. It is easy, on ‘heartbreak hill’, or even after, to ease up, give up, and possibly ‘curse God & die’. May our inner confidence and resolve, our faith in God and His promise, our hope in life eternal in the place He has specifically built for us, be ever-increasing, and we ‘finish strong’. Near the end of his life, the Apostle Paul was able to say, ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful’.
Whether it’s doing chores at your house, working on homework, or in any other area, in life, it takes character to finish strong. ‘Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might’; You may want to give up when things get hard, but today’s verse challenges us to do the opposite. Instead of quitting when things get tough, we are challenged to keep running hard. This is difficult to do when you’re tired, frustrated, and just want to give up. However, true character is pushing past what seems difficult. Its when you push past what is comfortable that you really see great results. And the Spirit of God will help.