Improve your sermon prep with our brand new study tools! Learn all about them here.
Text Illustrations
When the United States Women’s Softball team won the gold medal in Atlanta’s 1996 Olympic games, they lost only one game, but from that loss came a remarkable story about perseverance. In the fifth inning against Australia, Danielle Tyler hit a home run over the center-field fence. The American third baseman floated around the bases with a rush of adrenaline. When she was greeted by a swarm of well-wishing teammates at home plate she let the excitement distract her focus and she did not touch the base. When all of the yelling subsided, the Australian team quietly appealed to the umpire who dramatically called Tyler out. Rather than scoring a run, Tyler’s blast over the fence netted her team an out. As it ended up, had the lady slugger stepped on home plate, her team would have won 1-0. Instead, after seven innings of regulation play the game was tied at 0-0. In extra innings, Australia emerged with a 2-1 win and the U.S. team took their only loss of the Olympics. That disaster on the diamond reminds us of an important lesson in life—it’s important that we finish. It’s not enough to hit a ball into the cheap seats; you have to touch all of the bases as well. Whether you’re talking about a day, a project, a church year, or a life, it’s important that we finish. To excel for a while is no guarantee of success. In Matthew 24:13, Jesus said, “But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.” Likewise, Paul told of his strong finish when he wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course . . .” (2 Timothy 4:7).

Houston Chronicle, July 27, 1996, p. 4B

We have an Anchor pulling us to the finish line. Let Him do his Job!

Related Text Illustrations

Related Sermons

Browse All Media

Related Media


Foundational Truths
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Symbol Of Baptism
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Royal Family
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template