FINISH – TALK

TALK PURPOSE

Help students think through the long term position of following Christ, dying to self, and looking for God in the mundane.

PROBLEM

Students often hear about the idea that you should finish what you start and seek for God in their life continually while at the same time they are often confronted with constant change and repercussions of people whose actions are constantly shifting.

POINT

The secret to pressing on in life toward God in your decisions, relationships, and thoughts is best learned in breaking your life down into one day at a time sections. You can’t worry about the end, tomorrow, or even a week from now. You are in control of very little in life when it really boils down to it. You are very much in control of at least your day. Every day think of asking, “Jesus where are you in my conversations, activities, plans, and relationships today? How can I follow you in all of them?”

PASSAGE

Phil. 3:14, Matt 6:34

ILLUSTRATION

Photos of Ria van Dijk from Tilburg, Holland.

TRANSITION TO ILLUSTRATION

When I think about focusing on just today and breaking your life down into your everyday life I think of Ria van Dijk from Tilburg, Holland. In 1936, 16-year-old Ria van Dijk from Tilburg, Holland, fires a gun in a fairground shooting gallery. She hits the target, triggering a camera to take her portrait as a prize. At the age of 88, Ria van Dijk still makes her annual pilgrimage to the Shooting Gallery. Every day for us will have ups and downs but over time your life should be a reflection of a long season committed to purpose and focus.

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