"Because your love is better than life, my lips will praise you." (Psalm 63:3)
In baseball, everyone has goals they work to reach. Getting to the Majors, making the playoffs, having a certain batting average, or win/loss record, steals, ERA, or RBI’s.
There is a goal worth aiming for that you may hear less often, but is even more valuable. At the end of this season will you be able to be able to utter the words Paul did in 2 Timothy when he wrote, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
It's easy, at this point of the season, to get so focused on the off-season. "I can't wait to get home" are words often heard in the stands and family rooms as the end of the season moves into sight: “My own bed!” “Family!” “Friends!” While all of this is great, it is important that we don't "check out" early. There are still things that the Lord has for us to do right now – right where we are. These words that Paul wrote to Timothy are important to take to heart. It is important that we finish strong.
As things wind down this season, take the time to tell that wife or girlfriend how much you've enjoyed her this season. Spend some time praying with someone who the Lord has brought into your life this year. Make the effort to get out to your Bible study. Make a phone call to someone you know is discouraged. Invite that new wife out to dinner. Make this last month count! Finish strong and keep the faith!
Prayer: Gracious Lord, thank you that you never give up on me. Thank you for the good work that you promise to finish in me. Forgive me for the times this year when I have thought of myself more than others. Change my heart so that it is more like You. By your grace and strength help me to finish strong this season. You are sufficient for me.
Suggested Reading: Psalm 63