For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 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 4:6-8 (NIV)
Now that’s a thought. There a lot of good questions I need to ask myself. Like what? Am I being poured out? Am I gladly and joyfully pouring myself into living the life you have given me to live? Am I giving you my all? Am I listening to your voice? Am I hearing your instructions? Am I receiving your guidance? Am I going where you guide me? Am I doing all that you ask of me? Am I following and obeying you? Am I fighting a good fight? Am I running a good race? Will I keep the faith and finish the race you have laid out before me? You’re right. You have a lot of questions you want to ask yourself.
Do you have any answers to your questions? I have thoughts. I’m not positive that I would call them answers. Tell me your thoughts. I’m glad that these questions are in my heart and on my mind. Why is that? These questions have certainly not originated in me. You have put these questions in my heart and on my mind. I’m glad that these are not just hypothetical questions in my heart and mind. What are they? They are far more than hypothetical questions. They are burning desires. They are hopes and dreams. Again, these burning desires and hopes and dreams have certainly not originated in me. You have put these burning desires and hopes and dreams in my heart and on my mind. I’m glad that these are not just hypothetical questions, burning desires or hopes or dreams. What are they? They are far more than hypothetical questions, burning desires or hopes or dreams. They are prayers. They are prayers that have not originated with me. You have put these prayers in my heart and on my mind. Yes, I have put these questions, burning desires, hopes and dreams and prayers in your heart and on your mind.
Why is it important for you to know that I have placed these questions, burning desires, hopes and dreams and prayers in your heart and on your mind? You want all of these things for me. This is your will and purpose and plan for me. You will hear and answer these questions, burning desires, hopes and dreams and prayers for me. You will help me to pour myself out in your service. You will help me to fight a good fight. You will help me to keep the faith, run well, and finish the race that you have laid out before me. Yes, I will. I know that without a doubt. That is very good.
Heavenly Father, it is the desire of my heart, the thought of my mind and the goal of my life to pour myself out as a sweet offering to you. I want to joyfully live the life you have given me to live. I want to run well and finish the race you have laid out before me. Amen
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