Encouragement to live fully for God’s glory, all the way to the end
“There are no sunset years for the Christian. Until the day you die, you have a race to run and a ministry to finish… So, straighten your back. Open your eyes. Brace your shoulders. And cry out, ‘I will not waste it!’”
“David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers.”
(Acts 13:36 ESV)
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
“…life is fragile and death is inevitable. We don’t know the number of days we will have, nor can we choose how easy or hard our path. To quote the wisdom of Gandalf: All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.’”
“…one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 3:13-14 ESV)
A few years ago, Senators Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) established unusual benchmarks for deciding whether to run for reelection in 2022, potential six-year terms that would end with Grassley in his mid-90s and Leahy in his late 80s.
“If I can run three miles four times a week, I’ll be running for reelection,” Grassley, now 87, said at the time. His office pointed to an interview with Iowa media in which he explained that he ran 13 straight days during his recent asymptomatic bout of covid-19, although his morning runs are now just 2 miles.
“We know [the Apostle] John, likely in his 80’s or even older, was still serving his brothers and sisters in the Lord. Again, Bible scholars estimate Anna was anywhere from 84 to 105 years old, and yet; she ‘continued to spend every day praying at the temple (Luke 2:36-37).’”
“Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.”
“All I want now is to preach the gospel, die and be forgotten.”