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When It Is Finished...

posted on January 06

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”  2 Timothy 4:7-8 NRSV

Dear Pastors,

The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade.  Work on the canal began in 1880 and was completed in 1914.  Its completion made it no longer necessary for ships to sail the lengthy Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South America and to navigate the dangerous waters of the Strait of Magellan. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut made it possible for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in half the time previously required. The shorter, faster, safer route to the U.S. West Coast and to nations in and along the Pacific Ocean allowed those places to become more integrated with the world economy.

Colonel George Washington Goethals was the man responsible for the completion of the Panama Canal.  He had big problems with the climate and the geography of the land and sea.  But his greatest challenge was the growing criticism back home from those who were predicting he would never finish this massive project.  At last, a colleague asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer these critics of yours?”  “In time,” answered Goethals.  “When?” his partner asked.

“When the canal is finished,” he replied.

Finish your task in your life this week by fighting the good fight, keeping the faith and one day receiving the crown from the Lord’s hands. Let the critics say what they will.  Only one critics’ word matters:  the Master's!

In Christ,
Paul A Fryman
Bluegrass District
The Kentucky Conference


Quote for the Week:  “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.  Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.” – Mary Jean Irion