Evangelist and former professional baseball player Billy Sunday stated it this way: "Stopping at third adds no more to the score than striking out. It doesn't matter how well you start if you fail to finish.” That view may be a little extreme…as we noted yesterday, a good start can definitely contribute to a strong finish. But Paul was clear that maintaining a focus on what was truly important – eternity – was the key to running a great race and finishing strong.
Questions for further thought:
1. Is your personal relationship with Jesus growing so that He is more real to you than ever?
2. Do hardships and losses reveal that Jesus truly is your great treasure?
Challenge: What is one thing you can do to keep the main thing (Jesus) the main thing? Put that one thing into practice today.
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