2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith.”
Paul never gave up. He said, “I have kept the faith. I ran my race.”
It’s so easy in our society to give up, or to say ‘just forget about it’, ‘I quit’, ‘that’s it’, or ‘I can’t’. We hear these words of surrender often, sometimes from friends or family. At times these words come from our own lips, our own hearts. The daily struggles overtake us–overwhelm us.
We all have our own race to run, our own calling, our own course set. I’m thankful men of God, like Paul, didn’t throw their hands up and say that’s it, I quit. Paul struggled through beatings, shipwrecks, and prison.
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11, he was “Beaten times without number, often in danger of death.” He said, “Five times I received thirty-nine lashes from the Jews. Three times beaten with rods, once stoned, three times shipwrecked. In danger without count.”
But, he never gave up. He was determined to finish the race God had set before him. He was faithful to the end. He and others like him are examples to us to remain faithful, no matter what life throws at us.