See that you hasten the matter

See that ye hasten the matter,—2 Chronicles 24:5.


And grant me, Lord, to do,

With ready heart and willing,

Whatever Thou shalt command,

My calling here fulfilling;

And do it when I ought,

With all my strength, and bless

The work I thus have wrought,

For Thou must give success.

Johann Heermann.


No unwelcome tasks become any the less unwelcome by putting them off till tomorrow, It is only when they are behind us and done, that we begin to find that there is a sweetness to be tasted afterwards, and that the remembrance of unwelcome duties unhesitatingly done is welcome and pleasant. Accomplished, they are full of blessing, and there is a smile on their faces as they leave us, Undone, they stand threatening and disturbing; our tranquility, and hindering our communion with God. If there be lying; before you any bit of work from which you shrink, go straight up to it, and do it at once. The only way to get rid of it is to do it.

Alexander Maclaren.

She constantly yielded to that kind of selfishness, which makes the writing, or not writing, a letter depend upon the inclination of the moment.

Sarah W. Stephen.


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