Beginnings don’t count

Points to Ponder column

By Boyd Tremblett – Chemainus Pentecostal Church

 

Philippians 2:25:

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.

 

I’m sure we can all agree that our summer did not start so well. As the days went on, we all wondered if we would ever see the sun. It didn’t start well but it sure ended well. And that’s what I hear from people, the great ending.

 

I see the same with sports. It’s not how the game starts that’s the most exciting, but the ending. It’s the last few ticks of the clocks that bring the spectators to their feet. It’s the moments before the last buzzer that you hear the loudest cheers. It’s the last overtime goal that is the talk around the water cooler.

 

Life is the same way. Some of you reading this can look back on your life and see hard times, a difficult start. You see broken promises, failures, disappointments and bad memories. But it’s not how you start, but run the race and finish.

 

History is full of those who had tough starts but ended good. Even Jesus had a tough start; born in a stable, a King wanting to kill him and living in hiding in his early years.

 

Now you’re thinking “but Jesus ended up on a cross.” Well, before you make your final assessment, remember that the cross was the reason he came. It was the greatest victory ever won for humanity.

 

It’s not how you start, but how you finish. So, as Paul the Apostle says: “forgetting that which is behind, reach forwards to things which are ahead.” Don’t give up.

Just Posted

Preparations being made for multi-million dollar upgrade to Ladysmith Machine Shop

The machine shop will undergo upgrades to ensure it remains operational and publicly accessible

LRCA Concerts in the Park series presents: The Glen Foster Group

Glen Foster Group returns to Transfer Beach for their third Concerts in the Park show, July 28

Ladysmith youth competes at BC Junior Development Track and Field Championship

Nolan Smith is the only Ladysmith member of his track and field club

Tribal Journeys welcomed by Stz’uminus at Shell Beach

Paddlers came from various nations, including the Heiltsuk, Namgis, Hesquiaht, and Alberta Cree

Brits on the Beach raises $2,251 for LRCA food bank

Brits on the Beach also brought in 75 pounds of non-perishable food items

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

Memorial bench painted by Vancouver woman to stay in park for now

Park board to look at options for artistic enhancements on commemorative benches

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Weather Network’s anti-meat video ‘doesn’t reflect true story’: cattle ranchers

At issue is the video’s suggestion that cutting back on meat consumption could help save the planet

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Wrestling legend finds his wedding dance groove in B.C.

Professional wrestler Chris Jericho posted on social media that he was in Penticton recently

Horgan hints at Daylight Saving Time changes after record survey response

More than 223,000 online surveys were submitted in the government’s public consultation

Coroner investigating after body recovered from Okanagan Lake

Penticton fire department assisted the RCMP with the recovery of a body Saturday

Overdoses overwhelming in B.C. Interior

Part two: Who’s affected by the current opioid crisis

Most Read