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You can't attend most funerals without hearing Paul's words to Timothy being read or preached. You know, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing (2 Timothy 4:7-8)." And, while these verses are comforting and consoling during times of grief, this is not the most appropriate context. Why? Because the one writing these words has not gone to eternal rest but to an earthly retirement.

Ok. So here is what I am saying. Paul is not dead. He has not died. He is alive. He is reminiscing on his life given to ministry and spreading the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is sharing, not the words of a dying man but the words of a retiring man. He is a retiring man that can celebrate that he has completed his purpose and now that purpose can be trusted to the hands of his protege.

For me, these verses speak to me now! While I am alive. While I have purpose. These verses are asking me, "how consistent and committed am I to my purpose?"

Nothing just happens sitting around waiting for something to happen. What am I finishing? What are you finishing? How can you eliminate distractions and get somethings finished before you are finished?

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