Despite many people (or is it just my wife!) being allergic to football in any form most of you will have some awareness that the past 2 weeks have provided the most dramatic finales to any year. It is a clear reminder to persevere to the very end even when all appears to be lost.
In the Christian life James similarly challenges us to keep going.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” We have a far greater reward than any trophy awaiting us if we remain faithful to the Lord, so let me also encourage you to keep your eyes fixed on Him and keep on loving Him even when times are tough.