Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Philippians 3:1
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 Thessalonians 3:1/strong>
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 1 Peter 3:8
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11
Remember talking finals in high school or college? Maybe you’re still there. Remember the pressure, the preparation and the preposity of it all (that’s right preposity; it’s my word – in means ridiculousness) had us all wound up and all unraveled at the same time. Many times, our final grade depended on how we did on that final.
I completely bombed my physics final freshman year. I didn’t have a clue. I sat there for two hours in that lecture hall in the LeFrak Building on campus in College Park, Maryland (LET’S GO TERPS!) staring into space. And you guessed it, my final grade wasn’t pretty. Athletically speaking, I was unprepared, I was overmatched, and I got blown out. Don’t let it happen to you.
The finality of the finals brings the entire year to a head. The season ascends and apexes, crests and crescendos, pinnacles and peaks at the Finals. This year it seems that we’ve seen this before; wait a minute – WE HAVE seen this before – just last year as a matter of fact. So we have Heat/Spurs II; we have LeBron/Duncan The Second, we have Miami/San Antonio Redux.
The NBA Finals are finally here, but it’s not like we didn’t see this one coming. And the matchup is a classic rematch of last year’s instant classic, which will live in sports infamy. (Please refer to “Are You Kidding ME?” July 6, 2013, https://godandsports.net/?s=Are+you+kidding+me&searchsubmit=Find+%C2%BB.) Who can forget last year’s Game 6, when San Antonio was up by 17 in the third quarter, when Ray Allen hit a 3 pointer at the buzzer, and when the Heat went on the win the game and the series in Seven. And this year’s series should be a doosey as well.
LeBron James, the undisputed best player in the NBA, finally won his first NBA Championship in 2012 after being in the League 9 years. Tim Duncan has won three titles, and has been in the league 16 years. Both were No. 1 Draft picks. Both lead their teams. Both are hungry for more.
And so it’s finals time in our lives as well. Isn’t it time you finally finished that thing you started? Isn’t it time you finally made good on that promise to yourself? Isn’t it time you finally forgave that person and forgot that hurt that you’re nursing? Isn’t it time to be strong in the Lord? Isn’t it time to rejoice? Isn’t it time to think on good things? Isn’t it time to Pray? Be of one sound, whole, pure mind. And say farewell to those things that you need to leave behind. Finally.