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In 2 Tim 4:7 Paul said that death was like finishing the race. Like crossing the finish line. That all of life is really about one thing – finishing well. Accomplishing the dreams and goals that God has for your life.

I ran cross country in high school. We’d go out to these golf courses and really rather desolate places and run a couple of miles sometimes across creeks and through wooded areas. If the course was not well marked and if you were like me and got far behind from the other runners, there was a chance of getting off the course and never really getting to the finish line.

Some people get distracted running the race of life. They start off following the goals and path that God has for them but something leads them astray.

Others seem to give up the race too soon. They throw in the towel when the race isn’t over yet.

I want to encourage each of you to also not be a quitter. God has each of you here for a reason. You’re in your job for a reason. You’re in your school for a reason. You’re in your family for a reason. God put you here and He’s given you a race to run.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Death is like a finish line and the lesson is: Run your race well to the very end. Keep your eye on the goals and plans that God has for you.

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