Redeeming the Time

theophilus

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A jewel of more worth than a world

("Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached,
Arraigned and Condemned" 1650)

Time is a jewel more of worth than a world. Time is not
yours to dispose of as you please; it is a glorious talent
which men must be accountable for, as well as any other
talent. Of all talents, time is the hardest to use well.

Ah, beloved, have not you need to improve your
time, who have much work to do in a short time:
your souls to save,
a God to honor,
a Christ to exalt,
a hell to escape,
a race to run,
a crown to win,
temptations to withstand,
corruptions to conquer,
afflictions to bear,
mercies to improve, and
your generation to serve.

~Thomas Brooks
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