We see it all the time in life.
A good start, progress made and then the wheels come off. This past Sunday I witnessed the collapse of the American Ryder Cup team at Medinah Country Club in Chicago as the European team overcame a 4 point deficit to defeat our best golfers. No one person lost the match for us, though several seemed strangely out of sync considering they qualified as the best golfers in America.
It was ours to lose . . . and we found a way to do it!
In a similar way, as men of God who have been given all the resources needed to live our lives to the glory of God, we can find ourselves on the losing end by losing our focus, failing to maintain our priorities or even by “breaking the rules” which have been given to us for our benefit. And that can happen at any point in our lives, at any point of maturity. Paul had this in mind as he wrote his friends in Greece:
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable . . . but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that having preached to others, I myself should not be disqualified.” 1 Cor. 9:24-27
It isn’t as important how you start as how you finish! No matter where you are in the race of life, or what hole you’re playing, let’s finish well!
– Article contributed by Ken Sheppard, Director of Mentoring for the Master’s Men ministry.