Have you ever taken the time to really think about the importance of starting and finishing?  For many, starting is the easy part, finishing is a bit more difficult.

I recently read a story about a Tanzanian marathoner runner in the Olympics.  The story goes, “hours behind the runner in front of him, the last marathoner finally entered the Olympic Stadium.  By this time most of the spectators had gone home.  Limping into the arena, the Tanzanian runner grimaced with every step, his knee bleeding and bandaged from an earlier fall.  His ragged appearance immediately caught the attention of the remaining crowd and they soon were cheering him on to the finish line.
Why did he stay in the race?  What made him endure his injuries to the end?  When asked those questions later, he replied, “My country did not send me 7000 miles to start the race.  They sent me 7000 miles to finish it.”

That reminded me of how important it is not only to start well but to also finish well.  Christ has given us a wonderful opportunity and for many the race has began and the start has been good but how will we finish.  Christ does not just desire that we start the race but that we finish the race.

Be faithful until the very end…….run through the finish line.

1 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kelp the faith.”

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