Guest Post: Finish Strong

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Cecil May, III

It will soon be time for New Year resolutions. Starting places, such as new calendar years, give us incentive to set priorities, commit to them, and get off to a running start towards their fulfillment.

But wait a minute! 2014 is a few weeks away. There is plenty of time now to do something about our old commitments. Yes, it is good to get off to a fast start – but don’t forget how important it is to finish strong! 

How many football teams have lost after leading for three quarters? How many movies or books hooked you in opening scenes or chapters, but lost you somewhere in the middle? How many home projects do you see that are done well so far, but only half way? How many savings account books have frequent early entries, but few late ones? How many sermons had you turning Bible pages with the introduction, but sleeping at the invitation? It is important to finish strong! 

Now to questions of greater importance.

How many marriages had great honeymoons, but are dying for lack of recent attention? How many people experienced joyous baptisms, but now have a lackluster faith? How many parents couldn’t take their eyes off their newborn babies, but now are too busy with other business to know where their teenagers are or what they are doing? It is important to finish strong!

The pattern of faith is supposed to be one of starting small and growing stronger throughout life. Too often the reality is a faith that is as strong as it is ever going to be somewhere near the beginning, gets lazy in middle age, and peters out in later years.

Our transformation into the image of God that is designed to go “from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18, instead goes from glory to gory. 

Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God. ~ Hebrews 12?12-15a 

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Cecil May, III is the longtime minister for the Parkway Church of Christ in Fulton, Kentucky. He and his wife Patti have devoted their lives to the mission of serving and teaching the Body of Christ, having done so both domestically and abroad.