Starting something is always the easy part. Finishing well, now that's not so easy.
I can remember in high school when we would have to run the mile. I would always start well. I would be one of the leaders for the first lap or two. But between the first and second lap and the final two, I would always get side aches, or my legs would start to hurt and I would begin to fade. I never finished strong.
This doesn't just happen in gym class, but really in many different aspects of life. We see this in relationships – whether it's with friends or romantic relationships. We see it in our own personal faith, and we see it in our character... just to name a few. We tend to start all of these well – we are excited, pour lots of energy and passion into them, but when adversity enters, we begin to fade. We don’t finish strong.
It’s not how you start, but it’s how you finish.
You could argue that this was Paul’s motto as he lived out what God called him to. Even in Paul’s personal life, we see that he was resilient in his determination to finish the course – to press on toward the prize. Not only did he live this out, but he called those around him to finish strong. In 1 Corinthians 9:24, Paul reminds us that we are running the race to win. He is encouraging them to finish well, to get the prize, to be resilient in their race.
Honestly, how is the race going for you? Are you pushing on or stumbling on?
Are you tired? Are you facing adversity and on the brink of throwing in the towel? Can we just be honest and admit that the race is hard, that we are in need of some encouragement, that we need to develop some resilience, so that we, like Paul, can say in all integrity, "I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
Resilient is a retreat for men that is taking place on November 20 - 21. We will gather for encouragement and helpful Gospel-centred teaching on living a resilient life, so that we too can run the race and finish strong. We will be covering how we can be resilient in our relationship, character and faith.
Plan on joining us for a great weekend of teaching, community and food.
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$65.00 / person
[+] The retreat is at Arlington Beach Bible Camp – located on Last Mountain Lake about one hour, fifty minutes North of Regina.
[+] The cost of the retreat is $65.00, which covers meals and the stay at Arlington Beach Bible Camp. You can register and pay online by credit card (click here), or if you would rather pay by cheque or cash, please contact our office.
[+] You will need to bring your own bedding, personal care items, snacks, and Bible.
[+] If you're from Regina, we are meeting on November 20 at 6:00pm at DQ Grill & Chill (4203 Rochdale Blvd). We will be leaving from there at around 6:30pm to head up to Arlington Beach Bible Camp. We will be returning home on Saturday night after supper.
[+] The retreat is for men 16 years and older.