Anything worth doing takes work… effort… commitment. You know that. But often that point comes where striving becomes strain. Then that key question moves menacingly into the foreground of your mind. Is it worth it? That’s when the battle really begins. Are you in or are you out? In Paul’s second letter to his spiritual protege, he plays the coach, but not the out-of-shape one yelling from the sidelines. He’s finishing his own race and cheering Timothy on to push through the various obstacles that he will face. Paul’s seen them all. And he’s endured.
Even so, the message isn’t one that has dark music playing in the background and a foreboding tone. It’s more the musical score at the culmination of an intense battle scene or the overtime goal to win the world championship. It’s sweat and blood dripping down over the lip past a big toothy grin in the close-up shot. It’s worth it! Stick with it. Do what you’ve been trained to do. I’ll be in that great cloud of witnesses going nuts when you cross that finish line. Don’t get distracted or discouraged. The finish line is there and it’s so good. That’s also Christ’s message to you this week. Endure!