It’s a year early, but I’m already getting invitations to my 50th high school class reunion in 2019. I know some of you are shocked that I’m that old. Me too! While many are excited about the reunions and folks are working hard to make them happen, I am not all that excited. You see, I attended three high schools, yes three, and no, it wasn’t at the recommendation of the school’s administration.
So why am I not excited? Is something wrong with me? Have I become antisocial? I asked Norma, and she doesn’t think I’m antisocial (thank you, sweetheart). In fact, she said she has no desire to attend her reunion either. Well, at least now I’m not alone in this.
As I am thinking about all this, I am reminded of one of my favorite statements by Paul: “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store 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 those who have longed for his appearing.” (II Tim 4:6-8).
No, I have not finished the race, and I think I have a few more years left in me, but something about that verse brings great comfort to me. Paul worked hard, loved long and remained faithful to God, but it seems Paul was at the point of looking forward, not backward. For many years, his statement has reminded me that the best is yet to come.
Now don’t let me discourage you from attending your reunion. Reunions are to celebrate the past and renew old acquaintances. Just don’t ever forget where you are going! When Paul mentioned the “crown of righteousness” awaiting him, he was surely looking forward with great anticipation. Let me encourage you to secure your future through the grace of God and live for that day that is coming. I could not have asked for a better past, but life and all I do should be about the future. Thanks Paul—you made my day!