Thoughts on Joe Paterno

Everything that’s happening surrounding Penn State today is incredibly sad. I’m sad for the kids who were abused and their families. I’m sad that there are people like Jerry Sandusky out there. I’m sad that Joe Paterno went out like this. The whole situation reminds me of something I once heard someone say.

In sports, and in life, how you start is not near as important as how you finish.

Those of us who are leaders should make it our goal to finish well because here’s the sad reality… 

A poor finish can ruin a great start.

In this case, a poor finish can ruin sixty-something years worth of a great start.

Since I’ve worked in youth and campus ministry, I’m able to witness first hand many students who get off to a great start when it comes to their faith. Unfortunately, I also see some of those same people trip up along the way and, in some cases, give up their faith.

The ultimate goal is to finish well.

How we begin is not near as important as how we finish.

…since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

  6 comments for “Thoughts on Joe Paterno

  1. November 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Wow, Neil. This is great. Very well said.

    • November 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      Boni!!!! Thanks. It’s great to hear from you. I hope you, Travis, and your kids are doing great!

  2. Keith Moore
    November 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Well put, Neil.

  3. November 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    What a very powerful thought, brother! You are so right! It is so heartbreaking to see young people, with such great potential to be spiritual giants, throw it all away and live lives away from Christ.

    • November 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks, Wes for checking out my blog and chiming in! Have a good one!

  4. November 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Great post Neil. Very sad indeed.
    Well said. Love you brother.

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