2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
I watched one of the most exciting football games I have ever seen tonight as Alabama and Clemson played for the Natioal Championship. It was won by Clemson with 1 second left on the clock. Both teams played well, and played hard, giving it everything they had. The winners were hugging, and jumping around, pouring gator aid on the coach, crying for joy, and acting like winners. Alabama players and coaches acted sad.
I want to be a winner in life, and finish my life well. Finishing well as a person who is serving the Lord is obviously different than football, but there are a lot of similarities. I have an adversary who resists and fights every good thing I attempt to do, an adversary who wants to throw me to the ground, hurt me, and make me a loser. I need to resist him strong in my faith, stand firm against his schemes, and fight him, trampling him under my feet.
The Alabama / Clemson game went to the very end, one second left. It was a game of perseverance. The game of life goes to the very end. I am starting the fourth quarter, and I am ahead by 1 point. Alabama may very well have won the game had their star running back not gotten injured. I am playing the fourth quarter with some “injuries”, some significant health issues, most do. Good coaches know how to adjust and compensate for the loss of players. I will adjust and compensate so as to finish well the race that is set bsfore me, even if I am just crawling across the finish line.