Capture the Win.

This morning during my personal study time, I read a familiar passage in Paul's second letter to his spiritual son, Timothy. He writes: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now, a crown is being held for me—a crown for being right with God." (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Do you know your finish line?? Can anyone know? How was Paul so sure?

I've always lived by the thought, "begin with the end in mind" -- I apply this to many areas of my life (from sermon prep, to ministry focus, to financial planning, to exercise objectives, etc).

My personal process is fairly routine: I wholeheartedly seek God without trying to lead Him to my wants or goals; and I simply listen. I, then, grab my journal and write, scribble or draw what I see God doing and ultimately what outcome He desires. I capture the WIN. From this epic finish, I work backwards to see it accomplished. 

... I've landed in, Burlington, Vermont with a new vision burning in my heart. I've seen the WIN and I'm going to work crazy-hard to make it happen!

Finishing is not retirement, it's not arriving at a certain age, it's not even dying... In the above passage, the Apostle Paul is still very much alive when he writes "I have finished"  -- and, we KNOW, Paul was not a quitter...

So, my only thought is: the Holy Spirit must have said, "DONE."

Too many people finish before the END. Too many never see a vision of their calling or potential. Don't let your life be defined by apathy, fear or frustration. Get after your destiny today!

If you have a pulse, You have a purpose! 

Get alone with God -- empty your mind of your personal agenda -- and ask Him who He created you to be and what He has planned for you next.  Listen, journal, agree and then get after it! 

So, here's a few questions for you to think/pray about and, then, answer:

  1. Do you know your assignment(s)?
  2. Are you working towards eternity every day?
  3. With the thought "begin with the end in mind," what are some goals that you're "pressing toward the mark" to accomplish?

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