"As thy days thy strength shall be. This should be enough for thee; He who knows thy frame will spare Burdens more than thou canst bear!"—Selected.
Time — how precious it is, yet how much of this precious time is squandered. People have no time for the Lord, for their time is spent attending the movies, reading novels, and performing their social "duties."
Watch the second hand of a timepiece. It passes from one mark to the next, and that portion of time is gone forever. How short one moment is, and our lives are made up of moments. The present moment is the only one we can call our own; the last one has already gone into the past, and what has been done or left undone cannot be altered; the next moment has not come, and it may never come, for us. We have no promise of the morrow—no promise of the next moment. What does time mean to you, friend?
"Lost, between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever." How about those wasted hours, wasted days and years of the past? It is true, they can never be recalled; they cannot be lived over; but our wasting them can be forgiven, time can be redeemed.
Do you take time to be holy? How easy to let the cares of this life rob you of the reward promised for time well spent. If you have done that, the best use you can now make of your time will be to regain that which you lost. "Time lost in mending nets is gained in catching fish." If your net is broken, do not let time go by without your mending it; for the Lord may come before your net is mended, and find that you have not been a "fisher of men."
If your time is the Lord's, you have no time for the pleasures of this world. How true that Satan finds work for idle hands to do.
"Redeeming the time, because the days are evil," is timely advice. Let us spend each moment in such a way that we shall never regret the manner in which it was spent. Time is yours, now—not yesterday, and not tomorrow, but now. Some day it will have slipped out of your grasp. Remember the testimony of the dying Queen Elizabeth: "All my possessions for one moment of time."—Margaret Broecker, in Gospel Herald.
Time is a pearl of great price, and the wise merchantman treasures it with great care, turns it to best advantage. Dr. Parker said to a student, "Do not gallop through the Scriptures, go slowly and look around." The speed of our travel today looks like an effort to redeem the time; but what does the swift traveler see of wayside flowers, what does he hear of the songs of birds, what does he do with the time he is supposed to have saved?
It means seeking the best things that may be available; take time to be holy, for holiness is more precious than rubies; take time to pray, the minutes are not lost that are taken from human engagements, and given to waiting upon God. Work exhausts our strength but waiting upon God renews it; this is an invaluable investment of time.
It means seizing opportunities to do good.—The Christian (London).
The days are passing swiftly by,
Let us redeem them, Lord, for Thee;
Not waste a moment as they fly,
Nay, e'en the seconds may we buy,
Until Thy face we see.
May we spend well each hour, each day,
In turning loss to perfect gain;
May this be ours; to point the way,
And bring to others Heaven's ray,
Some sunshine 'mid their rain.
May we like sunbeams from the blue,
Seek out each heaving, aching breast;
May we like sun-bursts, e'er break through
The clouds, to give to hearts, anew,
The promise of sweet rest.—R. E. Neighbour.
Dream not too much of what you'll do tomorrow,
How well perhaps you'll do another year;
Tomorrow's chance you do not need to borrow.
Today is here.
Boast not too much of mountains you will master;
The time you linger in this world below;
To dream is well, but doing brings us faster
To where we go.
Swear not some day to break some habit fetter
When this old year is dead and passed away;
But if you really want to live much better,
Begin today.—Mrs. Carl W. Johnson, in The Evangelical Beacon.
If you have work to do—do it now.
If you have a witness to give—give it now.
If you have a soul to win—win him now.
If you have an obligation to discharge—discharge it now.
If you have a debt to pay—pay it noire.
If you have a wrong to right—right it now.
If you have a confession to make—make it now.
If you have a preparation to make--make it now.
If you have children to train—train them now.
Remember, time is passing and you are passing out of time.
We are a procrastinating lot. It is always what we are going to do tomorrow that entices us, but it is only what we do today that counts.—Gospel Herald.
When Raphael died at thirty-seven years of age, they carried his marvelous painting, "The Transfiguration," only half finished, in the funeral procession as a symbol of the incompleteness of life and the brevity of time. The wise and alert one girds up his loins to seize the present in doing and daring and enjoying.—A. C. Dixon.