leave it all on the track
Regret at the end of my life will mean crossing the finish line of my spiritual race and discovering there’s more I had in me that I didn’t expend. More resources. More teaching to share. More love to extend.
I believe the best scenario is to treat this life’s run like a track meet and leave it all on the track. Just like the coach doesn’t want to see his runner cross with more energy to spare, neither should we come to the finish with hands full of unused potential.
Remember this scene from Steven Spielberg’s movie, Schindler’s List? Liam Neeson played the role of Oskar Schindler who rescued Jews destined to die in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. When the war ended and the reality of the holocaust set in, Schindler regretted that he didn’t use every bit of his earthly resources to pay the way for more to escape death. He looked at his gold lapel pin and accounted for one or two more Jews who could have been rescued. His car- that would have saved ten more, he reasoned.
The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:17
Let’s have our own moment of reckoning. Gold has a shelf life. Cars have a shelf life.
Souls? Souls are eternal.
It’s a race, and when I get to the finish, I want to realize that I used all God had given me to reach people.
Let’s be extravagantly generous in building God’s kingdom, and leave it all on the track.