I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute I want to assure you that I have come to understand that fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives will be the ultimate test of our significance, and in the end, the only thing that will give us satisfaction. The Apostle Paul understood this. His Christian walk was filled with challenges and great difficulties. He ended his life, writing in a Roman prison awaiting his execution. Yet, in Second Timothy 4:7, he wrote these amazing words for us to read. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Paul’s words reveal three principles for us. First, fight a good fight. The course of Paul’s service to the Lord was purposeful, righteous and well pleasing to God. Second, like Paul, embrace the joy of your salvation, and make a fruitful, eternal difference. Third, keep the faith. Never allow doubt or unbelief to alter your course. Paul remained faithful to the finish, always cherishing his call from the Lord and his responsibility to fulfill it. His faithfulness to God was absolute, in spite of all the difficulties he faced. You imagine how, as he crossed his personal finish line, he must have longed for God’s embrace… and he got it! Take heart. Regardless of how you started, you can finish like Paul, in the approving, loving embrace of God. Then, you will hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Your devotion and service have given Me great joy. Enter into my loving rest.” Now that is an encouraging Mentoring Minute. You can listen to my previous Mentoring Minutes at http://www.mentoringminutes.com/blog. I know they will help you to fight the good fight of faith.