You might have seen the video. University of Oregon steeplechase runner Tanguy Pepiot looks to be coasting to an easy victory. So great is his lead that he begins to motion to the stands, urging the crowd to cheer him on.
And then … he is passed at the finish line by Meron Simon of the University of Washington.
In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul tells his protege, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” He knows that no matter what he might have accomplished, he can still mess things up. In fact, the more that we accomplish, the greater our lead in the race, the more obvious will be our stumble.
I’ve seen far too many people, some of them solid Christians and some I don’t know about, who have trashed a fabulous legacy just a few yards from the tape. Despite all the good things these people had accomplished, what do people remember? The foolish thing at the end.
Congratulations to Meron Simon for running through the finish. There’s always time to celebrate after the race is complete.