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I had rather have given this man a handful of money, than have been kept thus long out of my study

May 19, 2011

Mr. Cotton would express his regret after the departure of a visitor—‘I had rather have given this man a handful of money, than have been kept thus long out of my study.’ … But here we should be, like the miser with his money—saving it with care, and spending it with caution. It is well to have a book for every spare hour, to improve what Boyle calls the ‘parenthesis or interludes of time: which, coming between more important engagements, are wont to be lost by most men for want of a value for them: and even by good men, for want of skill to preserve them. And since goldsmiths and refiners are wont all year long to save the very sweepings of their shops, because they may contain in them some filings or dust of those richer metals, gold and silver; I see not, why a Christian may not be as careful, not to lose the fragments and lesser intervals of a thing incomparably more precious than any metal—time…

quoted in Charles Bridges, The Christian Ministry

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I would the precious time redeem, And longer live for this alone, To spend, and to be spent, for them Who have not yet my Saviour known

December 2, 2009

I would the precious time redeem,

And longer live for this alone,

To spend, and to be spent, for them

Who have not yet my Saviour known;

Fully on these my mission prove,

And only breathe, to breathe thy love.

My talents, gifts, and graces, Lord,

Into thy blessed hands receive;

And let me live to preach thy word,

And let me to thy glory live;

My every sacred moment spend

In publishing the sinner’s friend.

 Charles Wesley

Hear Iain Murray’s excellent talk on John Wesley for more like this.

Gather ye rose buds while ye may Old Time is still a-flying

November 10, 2009

Gather ye rose buds while ye may

Old Time is still a-flying

And that same flower that smiles today

To-morrow will be dying

Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, To make much of time

 

If you do this, you can’t do that.

Eastern proverb

 

Prioritise the eternally significant. Time is limited; death certain.

Recall the most worthless, unnecessary expenditure you have made

September 19, 2009

Let me ask you to recall the most worthless, unnecessary expenditure you have made in the last year. Perhaps it was an electric can opener which now sits in the garage, or a suit of clothes which will never be worn. Do you realize that this item was not purchased with your money; it was bought with your time which you traded for money. In effect, you swapped a certain proportion of your alloteted days on earth for that piece of junk which now clutters your home. Furthermore, no power on earth could retrieve the time which you squandered on its purchase. It is gone forever. We are investing our lives in worthless materialism, both in the original expenditures and on subsequent upkeep and maintenance.

James Dobson