Will You Finish First or Finish Well?

Runner Through Finish Line

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Tim. 4:7

Some years ago, I ran across an article on persistence that I had tucked away in my files. I have no idea who the author might be, but I thought I would share a few excerpts from the article for you to ponder. I am sorry I am not able to give proper credit to the writer, but I suspect he or she won’t mind. I have made a few of my own comments which I have italicized and placed in brackets so you know they were not in the original article.

THE VIRTUE OF PERSISTENCE (Author unknown)

“Persistent action follows commitment—that is, you first must be committed to something before you’ll persist to achieve it...” –Jeff Keller

I recently purchased a copy of William J. Bennett’s book, The Children’s Book of Virtues. I love to read one of its stories to my grandchildren—the fable of the tortoise and hare. You will remember that the persistent effort of the tortoise paid off in attaining the finish line while the much fleeter hare slept along the trail.

Are You the Real McCoy?

REAL MCCOY

The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, and their inheritance will endure forever. Psalm 37:18

A few years ago, my grandson, Corban, and I visited the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Spring. We were fascinated by the large steam engines housed there that had been used in the mining industry in the early 1900’s. Each engine depended upon several McCoy oil cups to keep the engines well-oiled and functioning. The McCoy oil cups were a popular and efficient system, and soon inferior copycat versions of the oil cup appeared. Unfortunately, they never measured up to the quality and performance of the original McCoy oil cup. After repeated failures, operators were soon demanding the “real McCoy” to keep their machinery operating.

In the arena of faith, a genuine follower of Christ—the “real McCoy”—is recognized not only by their talk, but also their walk. It’s being able to say like the apostle Paul,

It’s All in a Name!

Behind the Name 

“Do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”
Colossians 3:17

I grew up in a relatively small city in Wyoming where my father built a very positive reputation and name in that community. Almost anywhere I went as a young boy people knew my father and would say, “Oh, you’re Earl’s son!” Many years later when I needed to see the bank about a business loan, my father’s name opened the door for me to secure the loan.

As a child of God, I stand under the authority of the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our King. Paul says that all things are placed under His authority and that we have been adopted as sons bearing His Name. As His son and heir I come in the name of our Father, a representative of the King of kings. That means that whatever I do, I must be aware that I am acting as His representative… in His Name.

That includes being a grandparent. The words I speak, the actions I take, the lifestyle I live, the people I serve as a follower of Christ bearing His Name are done under the authority and as representatives of Christ, our King. At CGN we speak of our mission as mobilizing grandparents for Christ who intentionally represent Christ to the next generations.

You Just Have to be Brave...

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I am so grateful to be able to share this article from my friend, Ward Tanneberg. Ward has a regular blog feature he writes. He is also a prolific author. One of my favorites of is his novel, Redeeming Grace. His most recent work, Sacred Journey, is his late wife’s story. You will be encouraged and inspired by it.

Ward has been a pastor, author, and most recently, President of CASA 50+ Network before retiring to take care of Dixie during her final struggle with cancer. I know you will be blessed by this article from a man who knows what he’s talking about. It is a good word for all of us, including grandparents who know how hard it can be at times.

--Cavin Harper, Executive Director

ward tanneberg 150x150 This story comes from the lips of two adults watching a little girl twirling on ice. Eventually she skates to the edge of the rink near where they stand watching. “You are so beautiful and so graceful out there,” they exclaim. “How do you do it?”

Wisdom for the Ages

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Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding. (Prov. 3:13)

After watching this year’s Presidential Inauguration, I was pleasantly surprised by the regular references to Scripture, the Providence and Sovereignty of God, and prayer in Jesus’ name. It was not what I expected, though the incongruity was noticeable. On the other hand, it was a refreshing reminder of the foundations upon which this nation was birthed. Upon these truths, this same nation will perish if those foundations crumble.

The verdict is still out on whether this President will build and rebuild upon those foundations, or whether he will continue to build on the efforts of men rather than the leading of God. I’m not particularly optimistic, but I was grateful, at least, for those on the podium who prayed or read Scriptures referencing the need for wisdom rooted in truth—from God, not men.

Remember it was Job, out of great personal tragedy, who responded to the foolishness of his friends with a measure of sarcasm saying, “Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food? Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” (Job 12:11-12) Good question. Does it? We do know what comes out of a man’s mouth exposes his heart. 

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  • Are You the Real McCoy?

    02.12.2017 14:27
    Gosh - what truly cogent words you have spoken! Provides much food for thought! Thank you. (Thanks ...

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  • It’s All in a Name!

    02.05.2017 08:16
    This is a truly powerful concept! Thanks for that inspiration!

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    02.02.2017 09:08
    Thank you for those uplifting and encouraging words! With all that is going on in the media, it is ...

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