Benjamin Watson, an American football tight end for the New Orleans Saints, has written an article, "Teaching Your Kids to Finish Strong." He gives 3 important points of not only starting with our best but finishing with our best. Even though the article deals with points of raising our children, the application to the Christian faith is obvious.
The 3 points are
- Perseverance in Difficulty
- Moral Character
- A Commitment to Excellence
All Christians are called to preserve. There is no room for quitting when times get tough.
All Christians are called to have the moral character that pleases God. He watches our actions and motives. He encourages us and helps us in our race.
All Christians are called to excellence. There is no room for half-hearted Christians. It is all or nothing. Is your/my prayer life just one minute long? Is our Bible reading/studying only a couple of verses with an attitude well that is good enough?
A Christian must give it our all to finish strong. It is an attitude encouraged and helped by God Himself. Are we willing and will get to action?
I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7, EMTV).
(See 1 Timothy 6:12, John 4:34 (Jesus is an example of how to finish strong), 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Philippians 3:14, and Hebrews 12:1).