I know you are tired. I know you have probably had a full year of personal trials and family mishaps and social challenges among your friends. But finish well. This year may have been filled with greater academic challenges than years before. But finish well. Because I am trying to finish my own race well, closing out this school year with excellence and joy, I will need to keep this short. But I have just a brief piece of advice to give you:
I want to remind you that every time in your life you choose to finish good (but tough) things well, you are imitating St. Paul, and you are preparing yourself for a life of Christian ministry and faithfulness. Paul said, "For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:6-7).
Your academic year is a kind of race. You started this journey with your friends beside you, your parents and teachers in front of you, and your God above you. You have been called to do good things, but more often than not good things are tough things, hard things. You are now in a small race, to the finish line of final exams. Worry not about your grades. Worry not about your peers. Worry not about how much your academic muscles may ache. Worry not about how loud the crowd is cheering or how silent they may be. You have a finish line, and it is a finite one. It is there. Finish this small race, that the Lord may bless you both now and in the larger races to come.
Finishing With You,