I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
–2 Timothy 4:7-8
For years I have made a practice of writing many of my earnest prayers to God in a little book–a book now well worn. I still turn often to the petitions I recorded in that book. I remind God often of what my prayers have been.
One prayer in the book–and God knows it well by this time, for I pray it often–goes like this:
Oh God, Let me die rather than to go on day by day living wrong. I do not want to become a careless, fleshly old…
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