“In the future there is laid up 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 loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).

Paul’s approach to daily life and service was with the anticipation of the future. For a culture that thinks and lives only for the moment, his words sound foreign. The price he paid for delayed gratification was painful; it brought persecution, accusations, misunderstandings, and rejection. Part of his reward, however, was the satisfaction of coming to the moment of his death with only one thing left to do — die. When so many come to the end of their days wrestling with regrets, there is no greater peace than knowing you have fought the good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith.

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