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Finishing Well

For many, October marks the approaching conclusion of the 2014 endurance season.  As we enter the final stretch, I know that many of you want to finish the season well, celebrating a year’s worth of training efforts.  Whether at the Ironman World Championships in Kona this weekend or a local 10K later this month, I too desire for you to finish well.  With this in mind, I wanted to remind you of what that may or may not look like.

As you prepare for your upcoming season finale or reflect on your season’s victories and trials, I invite you to consider, “What will matter one hundred years from now?”  This is an important, possibly sobering question to ponder.  Likely, in one hundred years (or even fifty), who wins Kona this weekend will be forgotten.  The 2014 Ironman World Championship will be a small non-memorable blip in history, logged in some triathlon archives someplace.  How about your age group podium finish, a sub-4:00 hour marathon, your PR in the half, or your amazing defeat of your rival competitor in that 5K back in June?  Will anyone remember that in twenty years?  How about five?  Where will your trophies and medals be in 2114?

I ask these questions not to be a downer or to rob anyone of the joys and celebrations that can come from hard work and accomplishing endurance-related goals.  I also don’t want to steer anyone away from training hard or doing their very best on race day.  On the contrary, it is my desire for each Teammate to give their very best as they worship our Lord through sport and to experience great blessings as they train and compete.  I also want to share your victories with you and join you in thanking God for His favor.  However, as you consider what it means to finish your season well, I want to focus your attention on what will matter 100 years from now, let alone eternally.

What will matter in 100 years?  The same things that truly matter now… God, His Word, and people.  As you consider your season, how are you doing in regards to prioritizing your relationship with God and your relationships with people?  Are your spiritual disciplines as important as your physical training, or have those taken a back-seat to a temporary physical goal?  How are you doing as a spouse and parent?  Have your co-competitors or training partners seen more of you than your kids or congregational family?  Are the people you are discipling growing in the Lord?

As you finish your season, finish well, but not just physically.  Consider the opportunities and relationships that have been developed over the past few months and prayerfully engage in disciple-making activities.  Honor your covenant relationship with your spouse and invest in your children.  Sacrificially serve through your church and passionately worship the Lord daily.  In 100 years, you’ll be glad you did.  And, the people you impact for eternity will not forget… in 100 years or forevermore.  That is finishing your season well!

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