I have been reading the book “The Last Arrow (Save nothing for the next Life)” by Erwin McManus and I am really enjoying the book. It reminds me of how Erwin’s book the “Barbarian Way” got me back into doing ministry and working on getting GMM started. The inspiring part of this book is that Erwin wrote it before he found out he had cancer – now the book is even more relevant to our daily lives. You will have to get a copy and read it….
The verse > 2 Timothy 4:7 – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith > came to mind as I am reading this book. When we die and look back at our life – What will that look like? “Will we have finished the Race Well?”
Our theme for this year’s GMM conference is “Living the Legacy” and because of several funerals I have attended this year the theme has made a big impact on me. At each of these funerals several people stood up and talked about how the deceased had made an impact on their lives. The deceased had left a Legacy. So when I think about “Living the Legacy” I have to focus on what am I doing today so that when I die: Will there be someone standing up and explaining how I made a difference in their life…
I would like to share a few portions of the book…
- You must not allow fear to steal your future, and every day that you walk on this earth you must make sure you save nothing for the next life. You must never allow fear to keep you grounded. The moment you choose to play it safe, you’ve lost the game. Instead of running from your fears, lean into them, for on the other side of them is the future you long for. These moments form character and forge the future.
- The last Arrow is a call to never settle about what God intends to do with your life. You have to know what matters; you have to know who you are; you have to know what your life is to be given to. For in the end, the one thing where you must never settle for less is the calling that God has on your life, the purpose for which he has created you, the impact He designed you to make in the world.
So my question to you is:
Are you going to finish the Race Well?
How are you impacting the people in front of you?
Will your quiver be empty when you die?