I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store 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 longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)
That is what I want. What’s that? I want to fight hard. I want to run well in my life of faith with you. I want to stay on course. I want to finish strong. I want to cross the finish line and receive the crown of righteousness that you have in store for me. Those are very good desires that you have in your heart and on your mind.
How will you fight hard and run well? I will stay in training. I will allow you to teach and train me. I will allow you to guard and guide my life. I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. I will listen to the soft whisper of your voice. I will keep in step with where you lead me. I will be ready to do what you ask of me. You will have my full attention. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. I will meet with you in your word. I will allow your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. I know that you began a good work in me. I know that I am the work of your hands. I know that you are molding and shaping my life every day as I love, follow and serve you. Yes, I am.
How will I encourage you to fight hard and run well? You will bring people into my life to spur me on in my faith. You will plant me in a body of believers so that I can follow others as they follow you. You will work in and through me. You will allow me to shine brightly in the world for you. You will use me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You will use my life as an example for others to follow as I follow you. You will give me opportunities to spur others on in their faith. You make sure I know that you are always with me to help me. You will make me able to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your will. Yes, I will. In every way, I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. Then you will run well. Then you will keep the faith. Then you will finish your race and receive the crown I have in store for you. I eagerly look forward to that day when I will cross that finish line and see you face to face. That is very good.
Lord, I want to fight hard. I want to run well. I want to run the race you have marked out for me. I will go where you guide me. I will do everything you ask of me. Help me to keep my heart and mind and life focused on you so I can cross the finish line with you. Amen
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