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New Testament Reading–2 Timothy 4:1-8
This morning I thought I would tell a fictional story about a running group. While any resemblance to our church’s running group is purely coincidental, one could interpret the running group as a metaphor for a church. The story begins as follows…
Rick didn’t like to think of himself as being conventional, so he was disheartened to realize that he seemed to be suffering from a textbook case of midlife crises. He had begun his career in cancer research more than 20 years ago with high hopes that he would establish a name for himself in the field through his discoveries. What he had come to realize, however, was that his discoveries had instead paved the way for other people to make a name for themselves. His research had made their research possible, but they received all the recognition and adulation. As he turned toward the second half of his life, he felt a crises of meaning. He realized his career wasn’t going to give him the kind of fulfillment for which he had hoped, and he became haunted by the question of what he might be able to do during this next phase of his life that would bring him a sense of challenge and reward.