Finish Strong

Somebody sent me these bits of wisdom and I wanted to start by passing them along to you. Might help:

  • Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
  • Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
  • There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
  • Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

Good life lessons. Let me add one more.

  • Nobody remembers strong starters. Only strong finishers.

For example:
March 29, 1982. There are 32 seconds left. Georgetown leads 62-61, and North Carolina calls timeout. Freshman sensation Michael Jordan hits the game winner for the national championship.

Does anybody know the score at halftime?

November 23, 1984. Miami verses Boston College in the Orange bowl. 6 Seconds left from the Miami 48. Doug Flutie hits the Hail Mary! Boston College wins, 47-45.

Nobody knows who scored the first touchdown.

1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Derek Redmon is trying to come back from an Achilles tendon tear. His specialty is the 400. His dad is in the stands. Redmon is leading with 175 meters to go in a qualifying event when his tendon tears again. He falls. Tries to get up and keep going. But he can’t. Suddenly an older man appears beside him and helps carry him the rest of the way.

That day the strongest finisher didn’t win a medal.

We don’t remember the ones that start strong. Only the ones that finish strong. That’s one reason we remember Paul.

Here’s our model. Paul was in prison, writing to Timothy. He knows he’s nearing the finish line of his life.

for I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:6-7)

Paul was at the end of his time on earth. The old apostle started out as a persecutor of the church, but he finished as a champion of the faith. And that’s why we remember him to this day.

Don’t quit. Stay at it. Finish strong.

That’s the good news.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara laurents says:

    Thanks , Bill! We are needing these words to finish strong. Love to you and your family. So glad Phil will be with jJean and Glenn! He’ll love it there!

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  2. Ed says:

    Best post in a while… really, really good principle… just keep going. There are lots of us standing at the plate with an 0-2 count in life that needed this this morning.
    And for those in our orbits that are battling through “stuff” may we all strive to be Jim Redmonds!
    Good post Bill.
    Good beginning today about how to finish…

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