“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

They say that one of the most difficult things about retirement is losing your identity or significance because of no longer having a job or a title. The answer to the question ‘who are you?’ or ‘what do you do?’ suddenly stops you in your tracks.

As a young mother I struggled with those same questions as I looked after three preschoolers, wiping runny noses and kissing away the hurts. I would often remind myself of the verse from 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

Whatever needed doing could be done to God’s glory. By doing my best and being content in it, I would be giving Him glory. Rather than wishing those moments away, I chose to rejoice, to be thankful for them, and to be faithful where I was.

The older I get the more I think about this verse in 2 Timothy. I don’t know how many more months or years I have, but at the end of my life I too want to say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;” So today I choose a heart of thankfulness and rejoice in what this day holds, and in doing so I give God glory in each small and seemingly insignificant task.

Regardless of where you are in your life’s journey, each day you have a choice: to see everything that you do as something that can be done to the glory of God, or to grumble and complain about what you do or don’t have, wishing for greener grass.

What will you choose today?

Heavenly Father, thank You that I can give You glory in everything I do. Help me to remember to fight the good fight and to keep the faith in all things today. Amen.

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