|The cemetery at the Church of the Holy Rood|
|Archibald Campbell beheaded for his Reformed faith|
St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland
Paul's use of this metaphor is effective in that an athlete has to discipline himself/herself in order to reach their goal. It requires perseverance, single-mindedness and determination. Our mindset, if we are to make an impact on our world, is to look only at the goal of our high calling in Christ. With every activity that we do, we need to remember our purpose is to glorify God in word and deed. The people whose graves I visited lived their lives in this manner. They made a difference in their sphere of influence, and the testimony is written in stone - literally.
In his letter to Timothy, Paul further expands on this idea of focusing on the goal: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing" (2 Timothy 4:7-8). This is the testimony which each of us needs to strive for in our own lives. It is not how we built our business, made the most money, had the biggest house on the block, or became a famous person. Instead, we are to reflect the character of Jesus Christ in our lives so that others might be drawn to Him.
|The tombs of a husband and wife in a chapel wing of the|
Church in Stratford on Avon
I desire to have my epitaph reflect a faithful life that to the end glorified Christ. How about you? May we make it our goal to finish well the race set before us. Selah!
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