A full 60 minutes

Like most Packer fans I sat in stunned disbelief as Russel Wilson’s game winning pass in overtime projected the Seahawks on to the Superbowl and sent the Packers, well, “packing”.  I think the loss would have been easier to accept had the Packers been outgunned the entire game, but that wasn’t the case – far from it.  For 58 minutes of a 60 minute game the Packers held a lead, in the first half it was a double digit shutout.  But in that last quarter, the quarter when the Seahawks are notoriously good, everything fell apart.  Mistakes and missteps, a seemingly endless stream of poor decisions or poor execution that lead to my teams eventual demise.

But, as is the case in most of life’s struggles, there is a lesson to be learned.  Many of us start well – but will we finish well?  Everyone who begins their journey with Christ does so with fervor.  It is a new day and a new relationship.  Forgiveness of sin, the calling of God, a Kingdom purpose, and the divine empowering of the Holy Spirit.  There is excitement over walking with God and seeing His purpose fulfilled in our lives.  But time can take a toll.  Priorities change.  We can find ourselves spiritually complacent, dull, or making choices can have dire consequences.

The Apostle Paul communicates in 1 Corinthians 9 that we are to run the Spiritual life with zeal and energy, with a desire to obtain the prize.  The runner can’t slow down, sit down or take a detour and hope to win.  They have to persevere to the end.

So today my challenge is to finish well. Play the full 60 mins, keep your guard up and nurture your faith.  If you notice you’ve slowed down or lost a step, then get back to those things you did before when you were spiritually zealous.  If you have gotten off course, turn around and get back in the game – there is still time left.