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Did You Win in 2014?

As we approach Christmas, we also approach the end of another year. This creates a unique opportunity to reflect on the previous year, both celebrating victories and learning from potentially undesired experiences. As you prayerfully reflect on this past year over the coming weeks, I ask you a simple question... Did you win in 2014?

As you consider this question, I imagine that a number of you may be asking, "At what?" In order to know whether or not you're winning, you must clarify what winning actually looks like. It's with this in mind that I bring you back to our October discussion, "Finishing Well". As I ask whether or not you won in 2014, I'm asking about whether you won at what really matters. Did you win at what will matter 100 years from now? Did you win at what will matter for eternity?

In 2014, did you accomplish God's mission for you as a disciple, disciple-maker, member of the body of Christ, family member, spouse, parent, employee, neighbor, friend, endurance athlete, and/or any other roles that the Lord currently has you in? Have you clarified your biblical mission in each of these roles so that you can accurately assess whether you are winning? Did you win at what truly matters?

Ultimately, the Lord is the giver of the mission, and He alone determines whether you were faithful, whether you won. And, His Word, the Bible, is the ultimate authority on not just what winning looks like, but how we run the race. As we close out this year, I invite each of you to ask that question, "Did I win?" And, as you reflect on that, I encourage you to not only finish 2014 well, but to begin 2015 with a steadfast commitment to win at what truly matters!

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