One of the most common things that I have heard over the years from teachers, professional and volunteer [as a Sunday School teacher], is that I get more from the teaching than the students do.
I have to add something new I have discovered since January.
I am getting more from contributing to this blog that I ever imagined. I am amazed at how it causes me to think on issues that I should think about.
Chapter 2 has been a tough one. I have said that over and over all week but it has caused me to think about the remaining days I have left here on earth.
I know I have lived more than I have left and I am a person who has few regrets in life. The errors that I have made have been real and I take responsibility for them but I don’t believe God is through with me yet.
I’m in a race and I want to finish.
2nd Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
That’s what Chapter 2 meant to me.
I don’t know when my race will be over. God knows. I wondered if it was today. My wife and I were sawing big limbs out of a mimosa tree and it was precarious work. She was on the ground with her phone on 911 speed dial and I was in the huge tree with a twenty-five foot ladder and a hand saw. We got the work done. My race wasn’t over today.
Will it be tomorrow?
I don’t know.
I do know I want to be moving closer to God when my “end time” arrives.
I am reminded of the closing scene of the movie Saving Private Ryan. James Ryan goes to the grave of his captain, John Miller, and he kneels and thanks John for saving his life. James’ wife comes up behind him and he turns to her and he says “Tell me I have lived a good life. Tell me I am a good man.” She replied “You are.” As President Obama eulogized Reverend Clementa Pinckney this past week he said the following words: “ What a good man. Sometimes I think that’s the best thing to hope for when you’re eulogized — after all the words and recitations and resumes are read, to just say someone was a good man.”
What does it take to be a good person today?
We have to rise above the daily fray that we see all around us and remember that we have a higher calling. When times are hard, we know who will see us through. When infirmities catch up with us, we have to be thankful for what we have left rather than mourn what we have lost. We have to learn to operate for our Lord with those infirmities in place. We need to try to be the best Christian we can be; we can’t be distracted.
We don’t want to waste our days on earth.
We want to finish the race.
[And now on to Chapter 3]
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