I didn't come this far to only come this far.
They speak of determination, to play the game...and win.
But they're not true,at least not always. Sometimes the game wins, and your king is toppled on the chessboard.
And then you have to learn.
First comes the test, and then the lesson.
The lesson is this, and it was perfectly expressed by Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV):
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Our path in this life is not determined by our goals and our ambitions. It's determined by God, and only He knows where the finish line is.
Our job - our only job - is to keep going, with faith, hope, and love.
There's no 'to only come this far'. Whether we dash across God's finish line, or crawl across it, incontinent and vomiting blood, when we give God everything we have, we've won.
Cancer will beat me at life's game; the past week has taught me this.
But if I stay cheerful, holding up others in my words and prayers, and remaining grateful to God for the blessings that surround me, I will win the Great Game.
There's no 'I' in loser.
But there is one in winner.
Music from Matchbox 20, with Let's See How Far We've Come.
Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback soon.
Friends are everything. I couldn't have done it.