by Grace Gems
Of how much real happiness we cheat our souls–by preferring a trifle to God! We have a general intention of living a consecrated life–but we intend to begin tomorrow or next year. For the present moment, we prefer living for our trinkets, and say, “A little more sleep, a little more slumber.” Well, a little more sleep–and we shall sleep in the grave! A few more days–and our work will be done. And when it is once done, it is done to all eternity.
A life once spent, is irrevocable. It will remain to be contemplated through eternity. If it is marked with sins–the marks will be indelible. If it has been a useless life–it can never be improved. Such it will stand forever and ever.
The same may be said of each day. When it is once past, it is gone forever. All the marks which we put upon it–it will exhibit forever. It will always remain true–that such a day was spent in such a manner. Each day will not only be a witness of our conduct, but will affect our everlasting destiny. No day will lose its share of influence in determining where our place shall be in Heaven.
How shall we then wish to see each day marked with usefulness! It will then be too late to mend its appearance.
It is too late to mend the days that are past. The future is in our power. Let us, then, each morning, resolve to send the day into eternity in such a garb as we shall wish it to wear forever. And at night let us reflect that one more day is irrevocably gone, indelibly marked.
by Grace Gems