The Apostle Paul is one of the greatest heroes of the NT. He wrote much of the NT, started churches everywhere, preached the Gospel to thousands.
But Paul also encountered incredible pain and discomforts along the way. (Read 2 Cor 11:23-28) Even through all of those things, Paul did not give up. Why? Because he wasn’t operating on his own strength, but on God’s.
When he wanted to quit, he said that God spoke these words to him.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:6)
Even if your life doesn’t go the way you planned…finish strong.
Work hard at the job, even if it isn’t what you saw yourself doing in college.
Raise your family with honor, integrity and character, even if you can’t give them everything they ever wanted.
Serve faithfully in your ministry, don’t let your character or moral issues cause you to quit.
In every race it’s not about how you start…but how you finish. You may not come in first, but what really matters to God is that you simply finish strong!
Let these words of Paul be your words. I pray that they are mine!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim 4:7)