Post by Chaplain Elizabeth on Mar 19, 2015 9:35:22 GMT -5
2 Timothy 4:7–8
We all want our lives to count for something significant. Like a runner, we want to find a trophy at the finish line—something that leaves a mark on this world and gives our life meaning.
The apostle Paul was in a Roman prison facing death when he gave Timothy this honest appraisal of his own life and ministry. Like a prizefighter, he had made it to the last round. Like a distance runner, he was right at the tape and still in full stride. He expressed great joy in knowing that he had lived his life without compromising his faith in God.
One thing God wants from each of us is our faithfulness. He wants us to remain true to him. If you’re a spiritual explorer, such a life begins by taking the first step: Ask Christ to forgive you and give you direction. Once you do that, Christ will come to live in you. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Jesus will enable you to faithfully complete your life’s race.
A life marked by faithfully walking with God is a life that truly counts. At the end of your life, whatever else you think you’ll look back on—interests, accomplishments, acquisitions—nothing will compare with the satisfaction of knowing that you invested your life in spiritual things that really last. Better to face God confident that you did it his way than any other way.
Taken from NIV The Journey Bible
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.