Good Guys Finish by Michael S. Tyrrell
July 31, 2017
Well, I have some good news and some not so good news. First, the not so good news … it has been a monsoon in Florida, and mosquitos are everywhere. The good news is that most Florida residents now own waterfront property, lol! Weather, it seems, is an equal opportunity equalizer; the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. I am pretty sure boat sales have increased in the Sunshine State this past month 🙂
So, obviously, there are some things in life that you have zero control over, and weather is at the top of the list. The “key” in dealing with the uncertainties of life is keeping your sense of humor! I have a couple of friends from Jamaica, and they refer to the rain as “sky juice” or “liquid sunshine.” They see all of this rain as God’s way of making the grass green and the flowers grow … which is a great way to make a negative into a positive. With that in mind, let’s tackle this weeks musing, “Good Guys Finish.”
There is an old maxim, “Good guys finish last.” This statement infers that crooked, unsavory types finish first. Therefore, let me make a bold statement here: good guys FINISH!!! The greatest race on Earth is The Human Race, and how you finish is paramount! Do you prefer others over yourself or would you trip another “runner” to get ahead? Is stepping on another to gain stature considered good sportsmanship? Here is the big question: who is the most important spectator in the Human Race?
If you answered God, you are correct! God sees EVERYTHING, and He knows the intent of every human heart. As I grow older, there is one thing that has become abundantly clear—God’s ways are not our ways! In fact, the rules of God’s Kingdom are often juxtaposed to the rules of man.
Here is how God views the maxim, “God guys finish last.” Matthew 20:16, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” This makes my point crystal clear: someone can spend their entire lives doing whatever it takes to win, even if that means lying and cheating, and in the end, end up … dead last! Sportswriter Henry Grantland Rice once said, “It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.” In the final analysis, a person’s character is their legacy.
Dear friends, the book of Acts tells us that Jesus went about doing GOOD, healing all those who were oppressed. Here is the outcome—Revelation 22:13, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
The takeaway from this week’s musing is that from the starting gun to the finish line … DO GOOD, because Good Guys FINISH! I will leave you with a passage penned by the Apostle Paul, Acts 20:24, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
That is the impetus behind Wholetones; it is a task I was given and I am running the race with joy! Thank you for all you do, because of your support, love, and prayers … together, we are making a difference. Until next week…
Michael S. Tyrrell
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