The Finisher

It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it. – Martin Luther King

My father-in-law and John’s father-in-law were good buddies having worked together as officers in the Philippine Air Force. I never met John but even in his death he became a blessing not only to me, but to many. As a matter of fact, last night in his wake, the whole church auditorium was filled with people who loved him.

The Pastor briefly spoke about three things:

  • It’s not how long, but how well you lived that counts.
  • It’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts.
  • It’s not how much you’ve accumulated for yourself but how much of yourself you’ve invested in others that counts.

He also quoted verses from the Bible:

2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

John’s cause of death hit me really hard.  You see, I too had a tumor in my adrenal gland.  Big difference was mine was benign and his was malignant.

There’s something different and special when a Christian dies. You could see that there was acceptance, peace, and hope in the hearts of his family, especially Chinky, his widow. John was an Ironman, a triathlete. He would have turned fifty-one this year. Gone too soon? Maybe. But the family understood that it was God’s will for him to cross his final finish line into the arms of his Coach in heaven.



Allow me to reblog a post from Meetamorphosis about John Jacob.


JohnJLighthouseHello, dear reader.  The Tick Tock has stopped for our dear friend, John Jacob.  Days are grey and tears abound. Yet, in the midst of the dark days ahead, we have an assurance that our Ironman, the Finisher, is enjoying Heaven, post-race.  I want to thank everyone who encouraged, rallied, cheered and cheerfully gave their resources to his family.  May God”s blessings pour upon you a thousandfold for your generosity!

 As a tribute to John, I am sharing this piece written by Binoy Sadia in 2010.  It was originally published in an anniversary issue publication of Lighthouse Christian Community.


Testimony of John Jacob
By: Binoy Sadia

     The sun was high as the competitors were all geared up at the starting line and John was there with the other 750 Ironman aspirants, waiting for the “bang” of the race gun that would signal the start of the…

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