2 Timothy 4:7
Fight the Good fight,
Finish the Race
Keep the Faith
These were some of the last words of the apostle Timothy. While it is a short verse, it contains some valuable life lessons.
Fight the good fight: I take this to mean do not cheat. No low blows. Fight fair. Stick to the actual subject. Do not drag in unresolved issued from decades earlier. Do not enlist others to do your fighting for you. Stand for what you think is right, and defend it with honor. Have honorable morals and live by them. Don't be a hypocrite. Don't expect others to do, or not do, what you are not willing to do. Act with honor, as though you are representing God Himself... because you are.
Finish the Race: Don't be a quitter. When you start something, be prepared to go the distance. Pace yourself. Don't run out of control and burn out halfway through the race. Train, learn, and run with dignity. Do not cut others off from their goals. Do not injure them in their journey. Recognize that all of us are in a race of our own, with our own goals and destinations. We all have our own talents and limitations. Do not compare yourself to others, or insult and demean them because their journey is different than yours. Run your own race and encourage others as much as you can.
Keep the Faith: Above all, faith is the single most important thing you can hang on to in life. Without faith we have no future after this life. Human life here on earth is short term, but Heaven is forever. Eternity is a long time to live without God. We as humans can be very egocentric, believing that we are the top of the food chain, and that we are the best that there is. The thought of a God-like creator makes no sense to many. But it doesn't have to make sense.
Faith is the belief (not proof) of things unseen. If we can prove that God exists, then where is the faith element? God doesn't want robots. He doesn't want people who are forced to believe in Him because they have been shown absolute proof and have no choice but to believe. He wants people to believe through faith and trust; feeling in their hearts and should that God is real.
So what will you choose? Faith and eternal life? or a life without God forever? You have been given the free will to choose.
Don't blow it.
Until next time:
Peace to you and yours,
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