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Topic: End (02/13/06)
TITLE: To the End
By Patricia Charlton
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Just a few more steps - I am so close but yet so far from my goal. The crowd cheers, “Go! Go! Go! Keep going! Keep going!”
The sweat pours off my face – so close and yet so far from my goal. With my heart pounding - one after the other - my aching feet pound the pavement. Now, with each step a pain shoots up my leg and the sweat continually pouring off my face – panting, panting and more panting.
“I can’t continue like this!”
Only my coach’s words, “Focus! Focus on the goal!” give me courage to continue.
“I can’t do this anymore! I don’t want to do this anymore!”
Again, my coach’s words, “Champions never give up!”
“The others have quit. I want to stop!”
The crowd cheers, “Don’t stop now! Don’t stop now!”
Wiping the sweat from my eyes, I clearly see my goal. Only a few more feet to go, again, my aching feet pound the pavement. Now, the crowd cheers, “Keep going! Keep going!” Only a few more steps to victory, finally, I will reach the end. One step after another, with my twitching muscles, there is no quitting now. With one final step, I break the tape.
Triumphantly, with my hands in the air, I shout, “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished this race and now my prize is waiting.” (II Timothy 4: 7,8 NLT) After running this marathon, my legs finally give out and I crash to the ground. My race was won because I learned to endure to the end.
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