December 7, 2017 | Finish Well

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. There is reserved for me in the future the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved His appearing.”
[2 Timothy 4:6-8 HCSB]
Finish well
I write this week’s note having just completed the memorial service for my great and good friend Rev. Daniel Southern. We closed that marvelous celebration of Dan’s amazing life well-lived with the paragraph below. It was written by Dan and sent not long ago to one of the pastors he was mentoring:
I am approaching the last lap of my life’s race. No, I don’t expect to go any time soon, but I think about it a lot more than I used to. As I look around the landscape I see a lot of wrecked lives. Many of them started out well but then something happened along the way and they finished poorly. That may be because we can only cover up our mistakes for so long before they eventually reveal themselves or it may be that some of us let our guard down as time passes. This one thing I know for sure; you don’t get any prizes of starting out great but only for ending well. What would finishing well look like in your life?
– Dan