"That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!" 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Back to work today, and the business of running, writing, and all manner of other work and chores. Still walked a bit in my tiny 1/3 mile jaunt, but I feel healthy, invigorated, and downright youthful. Did the leg lifts and crunches, and my waistline is thankful. I don't really crave a ton of cookies anymore, but I still love to bake them.
In fact, I have a batch in the oven right now. Can you smell them?
Today, I was reading about the demise of King Ahab and Jezebel in 2 Kings, and it really drove home the importance of the legacy we leave behind--especially after watching the recent funerals of Barbara Bush and Billy Graham. While I will probably not have the admiration of millions like these two wonderful people, I pray that my life is pleasing to God, and that I finish strong. I pray that for you, too.
May we be able to say, as with Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7-8, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing."
And, may you have the best Monday night you've ever had in your life.