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Finishing Strong  

March/April 2017

One of my favorite “subjects” during grade school was physical education and time spent on the playground. I loved to run, whether on the track or around the school yard. And I came very near to winning races while running—if it hadn’t been for Laura. She could outrun me, no matter how hard I tried. I may not have finished first, but I finished those foot races!

Paul likened the life of a Christian to a race (I Corinthians 9:24) and a course (II Timothy 4:7). The writer of Hebrews also compared the Christian experience to a race: “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). One version, The Living Bible, states it this way: “Let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.”

Regardless of the ease or difficulty of life’s race, we have to keep turning the pages of our life’s book—chapter after chapter. We may finish our course with bumps, bruises, and scars, but let’s determine to finish strong. Our relationship with Jesus Christ will give us strength to endure the race so that at its completion we can say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness (II Timothy 4:7-8).

 

Melody Reever, Editor

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