Finishing Strong!!! Part 2 of 5

Everyday this week I am sharing one of five parts of a dialogue that took place through email and in person that my son Jody and I had this past spring. The reason for this dialogue-taking place in person, email and FaceTime is that we live nineteen hours away from each other and it was a progressive conversation over several weeks. My intent in sharing this dialogue is that it might be used by God to encourage a mom, dad, son or daughter to keep the doors of communication open. I do have Jody’s permission to share this series of articles.

Today I am sharing part two of our dialogue.

The following is an inside view of a dialogue through email and in person that my son Jody and I had this past spring. My intent in sharing is that I hope it may encourage a mom, dad, son or daughter.

This past Spring my youngest son Jody and I took time to visit and write about finishing strong. You see, at that time he was one year away from graduation at Liberty University. It is often said you will be remembered more by how you finish than how you start. I knew we were on the eve of Jody completing his third year at Liberty and thought this would be a good time to encourage him how the next twelve months have the potential to shape the rest of his life.

I challenged Jody in five areas to finish stronger at Liberty University.

Yesterday, I covered the challenge for Jody to have a strong personal walk with Jesus.

Today’s post covers the second area that Jody and I discussed last spring, which are his academic requirements. I expressed appreciation for him continuing to be a good student and keeping his grades up. I urged him to not slack up and to give the remaining classes his best effort because it will improve his GPA and will help him as he begin applying for entrance into a Seminary Graduate School. I also encouraged him to take some elective courses that would help with life skills like Business 101 and Financial Management. He might not be the Valedictorian of the Class of 2013 but I believe he will be able to say he gave his best effort while at Liberty University and for that I am grateful.

Today’s Take-Away for you to consider:

We must give our best at school, work or whatever we do!

2 Timothy 2:15; Colossians 3:23-24; Proverbs 13:4

I am grateful for the excellent education Jody is receiving as a student at Liberty University.

I hope whatever you have to do today you will give your best for the glory of God.

Tomorrow I will post a third area of the discussion Jody and I had last spring.

I also thank you for praying for us here in South Louisiana as we await Isaac.

With a Grateful Heart,


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