Saturday night was a pretty cool night for me. First off I got to hang out with my wife at her annual holiday get together. She is in property management and once a year the group gets together to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize the top properties with various awards. It was a real fine time and my wife’s property won best of the best. It is a real testament to the hard work and dedication that she and her co-workers put into their job. I am super proud of her.
The second cool aspect of Saturday night was that Charlie Daniels was the entertainment for the party. I’m not a huge country music fan and so I knew going in that I wouldn’t be completely familiar with all the songs Charlie was going to perform. I was pretty confident that I would hear “Devil Went Down to Georgia”, but wasn’t what else. Well let me tell you the Charlie Daniels Band jammed. I was very impressed with the performance. I was more impressed when I figured out that Charlie is 72 years old. Check out the video below for just a small sampling of the performance.
Driving home last night I started to reflect on how impressive Charlie Daniels was. At 72 his voice was in good shape and his musical chops were still sharp. He mentioned at one point that he had been performing for 50 years. It seems to me that when it comes to music Charlie Daniels is finishing strong.
The Apostle Paul also finished strong. In his letter to Timothy he says in 2 Timothy 4:6-8:
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up 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 loved his appearing.
I didn’t really anticipate being challenged by seeing Charlie Daniels, but I was. I feel more encouraged today to finish strong. I hope my spiritual voice is in good shape and my spiritutal chops are sharp when I hit 72!
What inspires you to finish strong?
Grace and Peace.