So here I am today, eighty-five years old!I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. (Josh. 14:10–11)

THE SMILE ALONE begged me to increase my own devotion. I had to hear the story one more time from my friend. The glint in her eyes made me return her grin. She had just gotten done praying with a fellow who had a rough go of life. No formula applied, she just befriended him and showered him with Christ’s love. Randomly, while playing a card game, he asked her a question. At the end of the conversation, he asked what made her so different, so holy, and she was able to introduce him to Jesus. After telling the story, my friend rolled away in her wheelchair from the lunch table. Visiting hours were over at the local nursing home.

Joshua was eighty-five years old. What kept him young at heart and strong was a desire to keep fighting. He stayed wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord, even at his age.

When time grows close to see Jesus, will you fade into the background or will you be leading others in the charge to battle, squeezing every last drop of commitment and devotion to Christ into your remaining days? A certain sense of freedom, knowing there’s less time to “mess things up,” should increase your passion for the Lord. You can take the “hill country that the Lord promised” to you (v. 12).

Pray your remaining time on earth will be devoted to the last day.

Mollie Bond works in radio as an assistant producer. Watching snowflakes slows her down. Otherwise she is at church or with her cat, Charlie.