2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
How many times have you started a round bogey/bogey/double and then end up with a respectable 76? Conversely, how many times have you started your round birdie/par/birdie and limp to a 81 finish? Paul knew his time remaining to preach, teach and evangelize was limited. However, he looked back in retrospect how he utilized every day his was given after his conversion to spread the gospel and instruct others how to tell the story of his Savior. “The good fight” refers to something Paul deemed worthwhile. By finishing “his course”, he persevered until the end despite setbacks involving persecution and imprisonments. When we begin a venture with immediate success, we often become less hungry and lose the focus to continue fighting for those same results. If we are initially encountered with failure or resistance, we many times find the fight within us and finish with a flurry. As Mike Tyson once said, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” We all have experienced life moment when we have to either “fight or take flight.” Paul valiantly fought when he was punched in the mouth as his circumstances turned dire. My prayer for today is to persevere and find the narrow road where God has prepared us for success. I pray we realize he has trodden the road before us and that we regain our strength to finish our course.