"I have fought the good
fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" 2 Timothy
Fall is a season of wonderful
cinnamon and spice smells, dark, rich colors, pumpkin carving, cooler weather, and
crackling fires. It is also the time of year when leaves fall off
trees, and things begin to die. And as the cold winter months descend,
the days grow shorter, and as winter wears on, we often grow weary of the
cold. Even so, in these dark days, we can look forward to the hope of
new birth come Springtime.
When the Apostle Paul wrote, "I have fought
the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,"
he knew he was nearing the end---the "Fall" of his life. But
he didn't face it with fear. Despite how difficult life had become,
because of his faith in Jesus, he was satisfied that God had sustained
him, God had "run" alongside him. Paul was able to face
death, because of the hope of resurrection---the hope of new birth.
Because he trusted Jesus, he knew his future was secure; when he
died, he would live with God for eternity!
All of us will face the "Fall" season
of life. Some will face it when they're young, and others when they're
old. But will you be able to say, "I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race, I have kept the faith"? The race begins
when you ask Jesus to be your Savior and Forever Friend. God's Holy
Spirit will then begin changing you, through the reading of his Word, by
talking to him in prayer, and obeying him. God will work in your life,
so that you too will be able to finish the race, and at the end of
your life, be it when you're young or old, you will be able to say,
"I have kept the faith!"
Today's game will help us remember to run our