If you follow major league baseball, you know the regular season recently came to a close.
Last weekend, some teams were fighting tooth and nail to secure a wild card slot.
But others played out their last games with no hope of making it to the World Series later this month.
These teams fascinate me.
They didn’t throw in the towel when it became mathematically impossible for them to enter into post season play. The players didn’t stand around whining about how hard it is to throw 93 mile an hour fastballs over the plate. They didn’t complain about the glare from the lights blinding them when a pop fly was hit their way. They weren’t satisfied with a lackluster performance.
They were determined to finish strong.
Every pitch. Every crack of the bat. Every ball that careened toward their position still mattered. They still hustled on and off the field and fought for every out. They played the game to the best of their ability, despite a losing season.
How many times have I felt like I’d never make any headway in the game of life? How often have I sensed my best would never be good enough? How frequently have I thought I was fighting a losing battle?
I’ll tell you, it’s more often than you might imagine.
Life is hard and MESSY and we aren’t all going to make it to the pinnacle of our chosen fields. We can’t all be CEOs or New York Times best selling authors, gold medalists or President, mothering experts or health gurus. But that doesn’t mean we go down without a fight. Just because we might not make it to the top doesn’t give us an excuse for putting in less than our best effort.
Being a MASTERPIECE is more about finishing strong than finishing first.
Because our opponent, Satan is watching for us to show the first signs of weakness. And when we do, He is waiting to steamroll us.
But guess what. He’s already lost. Oh, he may take a battle or two here and there, but in the end, Jesus is victorious.
Because we know these truths, we have everything we need to fight the good fight, no matter what the standings seem to say.
Jesus’ victory over sin and death gives us the strength to finish strong.
Because there’s always next season.
And every season holds fresh new opportunities.
Let’s commit what we’ve learned to MEMORY and use those lessons to move us closer to becoming the MASTERPIECES God create us to be next season.
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