...Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus...
...so that you may not grow weary
and lose heart.
Hebrews 12: 1b-3
Between us we have been involved in full time ministry as our vocation for the last 78 years, all of it with the same organization! During this sabbatical time, this time of rest-taking, we have talked a lot about how to finish well. As we age, we have less energy, need to rest more, and can't have quite as many balls in the air without dropping them!
And so we are taking time to be still, time to reflect, time to ask the questions that need to be asked.
How do we have maximum impact in the years that God will give us,
within the parameters and limitations that our physical bodies place on us?
How do we run the race with endurance and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus?
How do we not grow weary and lose heart?
What is it that we want to give our limited energy too?
These are the thoughts that are running through my mind tonight as I sit here and write because at the end of my days, I want to hear, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant.'