Starting at the Finish Line

What Are You Looking At?

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see…

Run Hard and Pass It On

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Hebrews 13:14 (NLT) Life is like a relay marathon.  Run hard and pass it on. We know we are made for eternity.  When someone we love dies, we feel deep sadness and loss.  That’s an indicator that…

Clarify the Goal

…God, with full wisdom and understanding, let us know his secret purpose. This was what God wanted, and he planned to do it through Christ. Ephesians 1:8-9 (NCV) Have you ever watched a hamster on a wheel?  How about a dog chasing its tail?  Have you ever felt like that hamster or the dog?  Running…

I’m Going Fishing

Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” “We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night. At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. Then he…

Get Back Up

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again… Proverbs 24:16 (NLT) In life, we all fall down. We make mistakes both big and small. We can’t and don’t know everything. When we make mistakes, we have a choice. We can beat ourselves up after a fall or we can choose to…

Working Together

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT) Sometimes life is hard. Things just don’t turn out the way you expect them to. The plans you had for your future don’t turn out…

Step out of the Boat

So Peter got out of the boat. He walked on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the wind, he was afraid. He began to sink. He cried out, “Lord! Save me!” Right away Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “Your faith is so small!” he said. “Why did you doubt me?”…

Under Development

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us… Romans 5:3-5 (NLT) Life is…

You’ve Already Won

So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can defeat us. Romans 8:31 (NCV) When facing a difficult situation in life, it’s easy to lose your focus and forget that you’ve already won.  The Bible tells us that when God is on our side, nothing (no issue or problem)…

Don’t Give Up

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV) We often expect immediate results in life.  As an example, we will go to the gym once, then quickly look in the mirror when we arrive home to…

Don’t Look Back

Jesus said, “Anyone who begins to plow a field but keeps looking back is of no use in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 (NCV) Our focus in life should be on Christ and fulfilling the mission that He set before us.  We are striving and pressing forward to get to the finish line.  If…

You Can Have Peace

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV) There are two things that we must remember about peace. First, peace is available to you now. It doesn’t matter what you are…

Never Quit

It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Hebrews 12:1-2 (MSG) It is easy to get distracted with different things in life. When things are going well, we…