Thursday, March 23, 2006

Finishing Well II

More from Wong and Clinton in Finishing Well: Closing Significant Chapters of Life. Which of these characters do you want to be...

John The Baptist "The Greatest Yet The Least" In our confusion and disappointments—especially with regards to affirmation of our ministry on earth, we must remember, “We are not home yet!” Great illustration of a missionary couple retiring.

Joseph "Closing a Chapter of Hurt" A weak start can be overcome and end up with a good finish—if one has a “sovereign mindset.”

David "2nd sketch—Closing a Chapter of Grief" One can do something well sometimes, early on, but not be consistent in doing it later. Responding properly once doesn’t guarantee a good response later.

Naomi "Closing a Chapter of Loss" All of us lose things—how do we respond?

Job "Closing A Chapter of Doubt" In a time of doubt, hearing from God that He is and is in charge is enough, even if we don’t get all the answers to our questions.

Simon Peter "Closing a Chapter of Failure" There is hope after failure.

Paul "Closing a Chapter of Success" Focusing on one’s ultimate contribution is a key toward living a successful life—not necessarily achievement as seen in one’s culture.

Philippians 3:12-14
I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.


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