Finish the Race Strong

Finish the Race Strong

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When hubby and I were relocating from the east coast to Oregon, there was a moment in the driving where we knew there was no turning back. It was when we were half way to our destination.

I’m sure we’ve all faced times when we made a decision and then had second thoughts. Sometimes, you beat the bear and sometimes the bear beats you.

One of my mom’s strengths was her tenacity to never give up, to finish strong. She worked hard to try to raise us two kids on her own. She made mistakes along the way, but it didn’t stop her from achieving and we all made it through. I loved her fight and I think it’s one of the traits I got from her.

I’m highly resourceful and if you tell me it can’t be done, I’m going to try hard to find a workaround. I don’t like to lose. And, I don’t want to come this far only to go out in a blaze of glory. I’d rather go down with the fight, thank you very much! I want God to be proud of me in the end, I want all He has for me.

The enemy of our souls is out there working hard to take as many with him as possible. Some of them are our family members, friends, and acquaintances…people we love and care for. He’s lied to the whole world because his agenda is to thwart everything good that The Lord does.

Our job is to live out the life Jesus died to give us and witness to the world that our souls will live on and we want others forever living with us in Heaven. This world will pass away but God will not.

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I know The Lord wants us to finish our individual race. Remember what Jesus asked His disciples in John 6:67, “Will you leave me also?” Many of the people that followed Jesus did so only because of the miracles He performed, but they didn’t want Him as their Lord and Savior. They didn’t want to be close to Jesus and live according to His Word.

Today is the same…

There might even be areas of your life that you still try to handle yourself rather than giving it entirely to Jesus. If we want total victory, we must submit to Christ 100% not 99-1/2%. And I’m preaching first to myself because I have a bad tendency to want to fix problems myself and it usually gets me into trouble.

In the end, it won’t matter about all the degrees we possess, the clothes we wear, the places we vacation to, none of it will matter. What will, however is…

What did you do with Jesus once you believed? Let’s finish this race strong so we can hear…

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.. – Matthew 25:21 (KJV)

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.

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