We live in a world full of quitters. People quit on their teams, jobs, marriages, families, churches and faith. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about FINISHING STRONG. The old saying is true: “It’s not how you start but how you finish.” At least the back half is true. It really is all about finishing.
Our baseball season has been the most difficult we’ve ever experienced. But my message to Joelan (and myself) is to persevere to the end and FINISH STRONG. We will put a 4 game losing streak on the line this Saturday as we head into the playoffs.
If we FINISH STRONG in the tourney, we could turn the entire season around. We’ve had a ton of injuries (Joelan broke his nose at the first practice in December.), bad attitudes from players and parents, and we enter the tourney as the last place team losing our last 2 games with a combined score of 0-23. But if we win 4 games, which we are capable, we could find ourselves on Cool Ray Field playing for the championship. And I’m pretty sure that would be the lasting memory of this team.
As this season of life and school year come to a close, let me encourage you to FINISH STRONG. FINISH STRONG with your team, school, job, small group, marriage, family, church, and faith. Although, I do think getting off to a good start is important (I.e. Valley Town Church), what’s more important is how we finish. True authentic faith in Jesus Christ perseveres to the end.
I like what Paul says at the end of his life…
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 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
In what area of your life do you need to recommit to FINISHING STRONG?
P.S. If truth be told, Joelan cares more about Friday morning basketball with his church buddies after his discipleship group, than his U14 GGBL Baseball Season. BTW, their discipleship group started strong and FINISHED STRONG. Thanks Nate for your leadership and investment into our young men.