This time of year, we are often overwhelmed by countless graduation and recognition awards ceremonies. As a pastor’s wife, I receive more than my share of invitations. My daughter sometimes becomes a little resentful as she longs for the simplicity of summer instead of the busyness of the season. I find myself consistently reminding her that God calls us to, “finish well,” and be an encouragement to others.
It’s easy to tell our children this, but what about those times when we feel like giving up? When we experience those unexpected losses and unwelcomed difficulties? Right now, I am experiencing such a time. Yet, I know He is calling me to finish well.
I think about Paul’s example of fighting the good fight, finishing the race and keeping the faith in 2 Timothy. He sent this letter of encouragement not when everything was going well, but when he was hurting, imprisoned and facing certain death.
I asked God, how is this possible when I am feeling so discouraged and terribly alone? He answered in an almost audible voice, “My dear, finishing well is not something I’m asking you to do, it is a place that I want you to go. Come to My Well, drink and be filled, rest in My peace.” I pray that when we face the trials to come, we will be encouraged and remember to go to His amazing Finishing Well.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kim Moore is the wife of a senior pastor. As a pastor’s wife and mother to two daughters, ages 23 and 12, she finds herself busy serving in varied roles day to day. She has been given the opportunity to teach women of all ages, lead discipleship and mentoring programs and speak at various women’s and youth events. She has degrees in Psychology and Education, but treasures more the lessons the Lord gives her daily through His Word.