I am not sure that I will finish well. But I do want to. Someone expressed it well to me the other day when they said that they wished to actually be running across the finish line at the end of the race. What does this look like? Well, I think that it will look very different for each of us. First of all, we will finish well if we finish with a passion for God and his service. We finish well when we see the end of our lives – or the second half – or this new season – as a continuation of the journey rather than an easy chair to wait for the end. We finish well when we have an attitude of looking to serve in the best possible way while we are still able. We finish well when we remember another of the Apostle Paul’s encouragements; “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him… not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own… I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:7-9, 12, 14 ESV).” Finishing well means pursuing Christ until the end.
So, this blog is about our struggling and striving to do just that – pursuing, striving, struggling, serving, loving, pressing on until the end.