6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:6-7 NIV)
The very last letter the Apostle Paul wrote was his 2nd letter to Timothy. His life had been filled with twists and turns. He had seen God do marvelous things. He had suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually. He had witnessed lives changed through His sharing of the Good News about Jesus. It had been an incredible journey.
As he sat down to write Timothy, Paul knew the end was in sight. He writes, “the time has come for my departure.” Paul had experienced many “beginnings” and “endings” throughout his life, but this would be the final curtain call. And so it is with me, and with you. Opportunities come and opportunities go. The pages turn on the calendar and one day they will run out.
It is more than “healthy” to have a firm grip on our humanity, to realize our mortality, to come to terms with the fact that our life is speeding by with a flash. The Psalmist wrote, “You have given me only a short life; my lifetime is like nothing to you. Everyone’s life is only a breath.” (Psalm 39:5 NCV) The more I come to terms with the fact that there are only a limited number of pages on my personal calendar the more focused I can be on what truly matters in life…today.
Paul got to the end of his life and said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” What a blessing to know that you’ve left it all out on the field, you held nothing back. I want to experience that feeling in my walk with the Lord. I know that to do that I must seek to live each day with that goal before me. I can’t say, “I’m going to ‘fight the good fight’ in 2013.” I must fight the good fight today. Leave it all out on the field today. Hold nothing back today. Lord, let me live today.