I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)
My aunt went through two major surgeries at the age of 87. I was with her when she awoke from the second surgery. Her first comment was that she didn’t think she would be here much longer. I knew in my heart that was probably the case. She then continued her thought by quoting a familiar hymn: “This is my story; this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.” A life spent pondering on the things of God now flowed through her mind. Now, coming to the end of her life, her desire was to see Jesus and praise Him all day long. Watching her struggle physically in the end was difficult. Seeing her finish well was a privilege.
I am challenged to consider how I want to finish. Will Jesus continue to be the desire of my heart? Will my love for Him be as strong when I am 87? I want to finish well. Finishing well in the end begins with the choices we make each day. What choices do you and I have today that will lead us to the finish line strong?
Let these words be our hope and goal today: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.