With each birthday, we recognize the frailty of our humanity. For some, health concerns have served to heighten this reality. We know our days on earth have an expiry date, but are we on a path to finish well; to come to the end, knowing we have a confident faith that will carry us across the finish and to our home in heaven?
Recently I was reminded of importance of finishing well as I stood by the grave of our friend Bob McKay; his marker had just be placed--a marker that speaks powerfully of one who did finish well.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
When my eyes moved to the bottom of the maker, I saw the words 'Finished Well'. I had to choke back tears as I thought again about Bob's courageous battle with cancer and unshakeable faith he lived out and modelled for us. What a fitting testimony to mark the resting place of one who has crossed the finish line; one who finished well. Bob's life and faith inspire me to stay the course, to fight the good fight and to finish well for the honor and glory of our Savior.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (1 Timothy 4:7)