Monday, April 13, 2009

Endure to the End

"Those people who keep their faith until the end will be saved."
Matthew 10:22

Are you close to quitting? Please don’t do it. Are you discouraged as a parent? Hang in there. Are you weary with doing good? Do just a little more. Roll up your sleeves and go at it again. No communication in your marriage? Give it one more shot…

Remember, a finisher is not one with no wounds or weariness. Quite to
the contrary, he, like the boxer, is scarred and bloody. Mother Teresa is credited with saying, “God didn’t call us to be successful, just faithful.” The fighter, like our Master, is pierced and full of pain. He, like Paul, may even be bound and beaten. But he remains.

The Land of Promise, says Jesus, awaits those who endure. It is not just for those who make the victory laps or drink champagne. No sir.
The Land of Promise is for those who simply remain to the end.

...from Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado