Knowing he was facing certain death Paul spoke these words (Acts 20:24) and while reading I was instantly convicted of how frequently I take my eyes off of finishing the race.
I've gotten pretty good at limiting obligations and activities that have nothing to do with kingdom building. However, I often find myself grumbling about the constant go, go, go mode I find myself in doing ministry related work. I sometimes just want to curl up in bed and never leave.
But if Paul can remember to keep his eyes focused on his purpose when facing jail and death I can certainly attend one more meeting with a cheerful heart. I'm really getting off easy; perspective.