Zoe accepted a summer job on her uncle’s farm. He needed crews to detassle seed corn. Zoe was eager to begin. At thirteen, the only other summer job available was occasional baby-sitting. But working away from the city, out in the fresh country air, sounded heavenly. She could work on her tan while she earned money! However, Zoe soon learned that field work under a blazing sun was hard work. Harder than anything she’d ever done. Her arms ached from reaching overhead to pull tassles off the cornstalks. And forget the tan! She was covered from head to toe to avoid tiny cuts from the sharp-edged corn leaves. She wanted to quit every time the alarm rang at 4:30 a.m. But she stuck it out, unlike half the crew who quit. In the end, she finished the job, drew her wages, and received a hefty bonus besides!
Life is full of starters, but how many actually finish? “My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.” (Acts 20:24 TNIV) We must determine that we will finish our course—and finish strong. The prize is only awarded to those who cross the finish line. So run your race with determination. You can finish with joy!