The Good Fight

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7(NRSV)

When I was in second grade, I attended the funeral of my grandfather. 2 Timothy 4:7 was the verse used for the service. As a 7 year old boy, experiencing loss on this scale for the first time, this verse has been forever personified as what my grandfather’s advice throughout my life would be. Are you fighting the good fight? How are you going to finish the race? Are you keeping the faith? Now I am not planning on finishing my race any time soon, so really only two thirds of this is left for me to sit down and reflect upon. Keeping the faith seems pretty simple, even with stumbles and falls on occasion, faith will keep poking and prodding at you till you are keeping it again. The final third, however, takes more than a quick glance to really know how that one is going.

What is the good fight? I don’t think there is one universal truth for what the good fight looks like. A good fight is by no means necessarily the easy one, a good fight may not be one singular concrete goal, but a morphing glob in the distance that you can just feel a draw towards. As a college student, more than ever the question of what is my good fight has been raised in my head. Career, family, calls to serve, what combination of all that this one life we have to live, is our good fight. Matthew 22:34-40 is a pretty good place to keep as the finite center point of that twisting glob that is a good fight, but beyond that point, it is for us to shape and mold what the good fight of our lives will be. What is your good fight?

Sam Jacobs

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