TO THE BIBLE: 2 Timothy 4:7
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Many times during athletic events, say a 100-meter dash, an athlete suddenly suffers a muscle cramp mid-way into the race and limps off the track. He may have been ahead of the others at the start, but he didn’t get to finish the race, much less win a medal. Sadly, this is the story of many people in the race of life.
They set goals for themselves and start out working on achieving them, with great excitement and enthusiasm. But they fade away somewhere along the line, just because they didn’t have enough willpower to complete it. No matter how well you take off on a task, you must have a strong determination to finish it well. For instance, the Apostle Paul could confidently declare, “…I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7), because he was determined from the beginning to accomplish all God had called him to do, regardless of the obstacles.
So, when a responsibility is given to you, maybe a school assignment, a church project, or some chore at home, make sure you put your best into it. Discipline yourself to finish well, irrespective of the hitches that may arise along the way. Be the one who can be depended upon every time.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the grace, ability and discipline to stick with and accomplish whatever task is set before me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Acts 5:12-42, 2 Chronicles 23-25
Luke 1:57-66, Deuteronomy 13
Were you given a project to work on or a responsibility to handle? Make a commitment today to finish it.