This Sunday, September 4th, 2016 Pastor Duane White concluded our series, For The Win, at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas by talking about finishing our race well.
#ForTheWin: Finishing Well
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25, NIV)
It matters how we run our race. It’s not good enough to merely squeak by. There is a lot more at stake than most people understand.
You may say, “But, I’m a nobody. It doesn’t matter how I run. No one even knows I’m running anyway!” That is not true! God knows and God cares. He created you, and God creates nothing without purpose. There are more people watching you than you think. It has been said in a study done by several sociologists that the average person can affect 10,000 people over the course of their life.
Or maybe you’re thinking, “What I do with my life is my personal business, and it affects no one else. I should be free to do anything I want.” Wrong again. The decisions that you make affect others whether you realize it or not.
While there are private decisions we make in life, there are no personal decisions in life. How you live affects more than just you.
Here are four results of running your race well:
- It brings glory and honor to God.
- It honors the sacrifice of those who went before you.
- It creates synergy with those running with you.
- It inspires and empowers those coming after you.
Dr. Bobby Clinton on the Timeline of Your Life wrote out a healthy lifetime:
- Your 20’s – Discovery Phase
- Who am I? What is my gifting mix?
- Your 30’s – Development Phase
- What’s my major role?
- Your 40’s – Doing/Building Phase
- What am I building?
- Your 50’s – Transitional “Thinking” Phase
- What is my ultimate contribution?
- Your 60’s – Transitional “Doing” Phase
- Who can I empower?
- Your 70’s+ – Impartation Phase
- How many torches can I light?
You may be thinking that, due to your past, you are nowhere near this timeline. That’s OK! Wherever you are, let God help you fill in the gaps and get back on track. Or you may be thinking that you’re the next generation coming behind, and you don’t need to worry about your 40s right now. That’s also not the truth! To finish well, you must begin with the end in mind!
Start living your legacy now! If you are behind on that timeline, it’s not too late! You can catch up. If you are on track, then keep running and don’t run alone. To those of you who are near the end of your journey, impart all you can! Find someone to pour all that wisdom into. We need you on the team. You are valuable to us, and we want these to be your best years.
It doesn’t matter where you came from or what kind of crazy that has been put up on your family tree. Throw the tree called the cross into and hit the reset button. It can start with you! All it takes is one person in a family line to change it all.
Another thing to remember is to run in your lane. Run your race. All effective leaders have a sense of destiny. A leader who knows his/her giftedness is prepared to move toward a major role which will bring focus to their life. A focused life is a life dedicated to exclusively carrying out God’s unique purposes through it, by identifying the focal issues, the life purpose or ultimate contribution, which allows an increasing prioritization of life’s activities around the focal issues, and results in a satisfying life of being and doing.
So ask yourself, how will you finish your race well?
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