By Maury Buchanan: Last week in my men’s group a conversation was started about finishing life well. One of the men in our group had a breakthrough earlier in the week. After some time of unemployment, lots of interviews, and following dead ends in his searches for a job, he came to a conclusion.

“I’ve determined that finishing a life that receives Jesus’ ‘well done my good and faithful servant,’ is a daily walk of thankfulness.” His face actually looked different than it did weeks before. I could tell he had a real encounter with God.

I like his thinking, in fact parts of the conversation moved me to tears thinking back on days and even weeks that I had not been thankful for where I was in life.

Today I’m thankful for the interruptions in my day, the days that go by so fast, my children, grandchildren, for the stranger at McDonalds that overheard my conversation about Bulembu and laid a $100.00 bill on the table as he passed, that I’m a learner, and that God continues to speak to me!

Finishing well to me means being thankful along the way!

2 Tim 4:7,8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.