Finishing Well

We attended a thanksgiving service today for the life of Graham Wilson at Kirkintilloch Baptist Church.  Graham spent 24 years working for SU Scotland from 1977 to 2001.  This was when I got to know him.  As a young man I was hugely impressed by the fact that he took an interest in every person who had anything to do with an SU camp.  He remembered names and events with a form of recall that is beyond me.

The service really was a chance to say thank you for a life well lived. In particular reference was made to Graham’s wish that he finished well. Hebrews 12 talks about life as a race.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

No matter how hard we train, how good the kit we have is or any of our best intentions if we don’t cross the finishing line then we can’t win the race. We need to run the race well and we need to finish well. Graham ran the race well and also finished well. My thanks must go to God for a life well lived and well finished.