Finishing Well

Genesis 25:8–9

DON’T CRY for Abraham. Don’t mourn his death. Don’t grieve his departure. Rejoice! Celebrate him. Look at what he made of his life and his final years on earth.

I’ve said all along that Abraham’s story is our story. This particular narrative of how he died a satisfied man holds at least two valuable secrets to our finishing well. One has to do with being faithful; the other has to do with being diligent.

The first secret: faithfully remember that each day offers opportunities for staying young at heart.

Each morning you wake up with a fresh opportunity to live that day well, to see your next twenty-four hours as a series of choices. The Lord has granted you a genuine stake in what the day holds. Choose a positive attitude. Choose to seek out and focus on the good things. Choose to face your opportunities with eager anticipation. Choose to set aside your own expectations, and then embrace what God chooses to do. Choose to live in a constant state of surprise by laying aside your will and letting the Lord’s will unfold.

The second secret: diligently refuse to give up.

Determine that you will never stop living until someone puts a mirror under your nose and there’s no fog. Never stop. Never give up.

A biographer of baseball player Satchel Paige writes, “Told all his life that black lives matter less than white ones, he teased journalists by adding or subtracting years each time they asked his age, then asked them, ‘How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?'”

That’s a thought-provoking question, isn’t it? So how old are you?



What would it look like for you to stay young at heart? Is there a pursuit you have abandoned that you need to take up again with renewed passion?


Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.


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Taken from Faith for the Journey by Charles Swindoll. Copyright © 2014 by Charles R. Swindoll. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.