How to Finish Well in My Marriage and Family by John Barnett

How to Finish Well in My Marriage and Family
John Barnett
Psalm 127-128

I recently heard the testimony of a local Tulsa businessman through the ears of my son.

What caught my attention was, that it had caught his attention. This man said that he sat to write his own obituary, listing off what had mattered in his life-and he didn't like how it read.

All the items were centered on his life, instead of God and others.

That made him sit and rewrite the rest of his life and focus on God and others. In other words, he pointed his life in the direction of finishing well, and that changed his life.

Finishing Well is a
Chosen Direction in Life

Finishing well is not a one-time-act; it is a direction we choose. Living life step by step, day by day, pointed towards pleasing Him who called us. Paul wrote in his last words, what is perhaps the clearest path for all believers who want to please God and end well. Listen to those last words:

2 Timothy 4:6-7 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Did you see that at the end of his life Paul doesn't say "win the race", but "finish" the race. Life was not a competition against others to pass them up; life was running in the lane God gave me as best I could.
It is all about knowing what God wants me to do, what He has given me the strength and gifts to accomplish-and doing it faithfully to the end.

Life is simple when you look at it the way Paul did. Simple steps God gives me the grace and strength to accomplish for Him.

When your life comes to a close, and you look back during those last few weeks or months that you have before cancer, or heart or respiratory problems overtake you--will you be able to say with Paul's confidence that you have finished well as a husband/wife, or as a wife and mother?

Will you be saddened when you remember these days of marriag ...


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