Finding Strength to Finish Strong

findingIf 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.

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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.

Love wins.

Hope prevails.

Mercy triumphs.

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.

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jesus-victory-over-sin-and-death-gives-us-the-strength-to-finish-strongBecause 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.

I hope you’ll join me for the rest of the posts in this series:

 7 Secrets to Success in Every Season

What to Do When You’ve Been Benched

For more encouragement please join the discussions on these fabulous blog link ups – Suzanne EllerThought Provoking Thursday, Susan B. Mead, Faith Filled Friday, Grace and TruthFaith and Fellowship FridayGrace and Truth Friday, Good Morning Monday, Soul SurvivalMonday Musings, Rah Rah Link Up, Tell His StoryWoman to Woman Wednesday, Women With Intention Wednesday, Sitting Among Friends, Word of God Speak, Testimony Tuesday.

23 thoughts on “Finding Strength to Finish Strong

  1. Thanks for this encouragement: “Being a MASTERPIECE is more about finishing strong than finishing first.” and the reminder that Jesus has already won the battle.

  2. ..”run with perseverance the race set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1b-2a….xo

  3. Oh Liz, I love this. “Being a masterpiece is more about finishing strong than finishing first.” YES! Just what I needed to read this morning, awesome friend. Have a great week!

  4. Thank you for sharing this very encouraging post!

    I loved this!

    “Love wins.

    Hope prevails.

    Mercy triumphs.”

    So edifying!

    I always say that it seems we “grow weary of doing good”, and if only we would keep striving to finish strong.

    Thanks for the push. 🙂 I needed it!


  5. Thanks for your encouragement today to stay in my race. 🙂 I love this: “Being a masterpiece is more about finishing strong than finishing first.” I’ve been thinking lots lately about finishing: “To finish something is better than to begin,” says the book of Proverbs. That’s got me thinking…

  6. Wow Liz such encouragement and love how you took a simple baseball game and used it to show us how to finish strong. Ain’t it the truth that devil is watching for our first sign of weakness – he’s knows mine and yours. And there is always that next season. Love your masterpiece quote and love you.

  7. Liz, great post! I loved this quote, “Being a MASTERPIECE is more about finishing strong than finishing first.” I was at a conference last week where one of the speakers reminded us that being filled with the Spirit and God’s work in and through us is not so much about what we do as what God does in us. Our job is to yield to Him and rely on His strength. I’ll be sharing this on FB and pinning on Mondays @ Soul Survival. Thanks for linking up! Blessings!

  8. I love watching baseball, Liz, and after two years of extreme post-season excitement (#ForeverRoyal), I’m STILL sad about how our season ended this year. But yes, there’s always next year. And you’re so right … we might struggle mightily in the game of life, but because of Jesus, we ARE on the winning team. I’m so thankful for that. Glad to be your neighbor at Thought-Provoking Thursday today.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lois! I’ve got several weeks of baseball posts… Hoping to ride the Cubs historic season into November! Blessings!

  9. Great post! I think a few guys I know would enjoy reading this too! Thanks so much for this reminder today. My favorite part was about finishing strong instead of first because it made me picture other runners running past while I am still on the ground stretching. Sometimes it feels like people whiz past but I need to know that is okay! God bless!

    1. Exactly! We all have to run the race God has given us at the pace He designates! I hope you’ll hate it with your guy friends, Meghan! Thanks for stoping by!

  10. ‘We have everything we need to fight the good fight, no matter what the standings seem to say.’ Love that quote, Liz. Such great encouragement when we’re down in the trenches of life. In the end, Jesus is victorious, and through His power we can be as well. Thanks for an inspiring post.

  11. Liz, I so much appreciate this truth: “Being a MASTERPIECE is more about finishing strong than finishing first.” I think it summarizes the Christian’s journey so well. My own prayer is that I would continue to grow in grace to the very end. Thank you for sharing this with us at Grace & Truth!

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