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Lessons I Learned on Vacation – Trails are meant to be finished

  • 2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 

Ever found yourself in the middle of a situation and wondered if you’d made a mistake?

hiking way - escursionisti

hiking way – escursionisti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That happened to Sonja and me while walking on one of the State Park trails during our recent vacation.  We were walking on a beautiful woodland trail that meandered around a large picturesque lake.

That was nice for a while; but then came the moment when I wondered just where we were and how much longer we had to go.  We had walked in a good distance and to turn around and go back the way we had come would have taken a long while.  We had to reach a point that we determined—good or bad, we were going to just press on through and finish the trail no matter how long it took.

Turns out the trail was about five miles—not bad for a couple regular hikers; but the lesson I was reminded that day was: trails are meant to be finished.

So it is with life.  Life is meant to be finished. 

Sometimes you just have to make up your mind that no matter how tough and difficult the path in front of you is that you’re going to just keep on keeping on till you get through it—life is meant to be finished.

Maybe you just need someone to tell you today that you can’t quit—I’m that person: “You can’t quit–life is meant to be finished.

Maybe I’m writing to an elderly person that feels like you’ve outlived your usefulness and you’re wondering why God keeps you here; I don’t know but I do know life is meant to be finished.  Perhaps the last great task God has for you is to simply finish—and to finish well, sweet in your soul and with a good testimony.

Maybe you’re that person who is dealing with pain (emotional or physical) so severe that you’re wondering if it worth pressing on—the answer is “YES!”  Press on; life is meant to be finished.

On that Saturday afternoon when Sonja and I were on the far side of a trail with no idea how much longer we had to go and no clue of what lay ahead, there was a certain peace that came when we made up our minds—no turning back, we’re going to finish this trail.  That decision released us to get back to focusing on what was ahead and enjoying the beautiful scenery around us.

Some trails are longer than others; and so are lives that are to be lived.  I’ve witnessed little lives that were only a few breaths long.  My younger sister’s life is finished and she is already in Heaven—me and my parents are still pressing on.  I don’t know how long my life or yours is; but this I do know: life is meant to be finished—let’s finish well.

Deuteronomy 33:25 

Your sandals shall be iron and bronze;
As your days, so shall your strength be.

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