Keeping the Faith

When nearing the close of his earthly ministry Paul wrote, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." The Apostle frequently alludes to the Olympic or Isthmian games among the Greeks. In the text quoted he refers to the boxing and running contests, and the lesson he teaches is worthy of our most careful consideration for it shows the wisdom of employing only right means and methods in all the affairs of life.

There were certain rules that all who took part in these games were required to observe. The least violation was not tolerated. If, perchance, one should come off victorious, but in so doing had violated some law of the game, he was not crowned, because he did not strive lawfully. All his work counted for naught; it was as though he had taken no part in the contest. On the race course it was not enough that a contestant was far in advance of his competitors when he stopped to rest by the wayside. He must run the full course and be first to reach the goal, if he would receive the prize.

August 9, 1900

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