Thomas Watson: "Make spending your time a matter of conscience"

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au5t1n

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
This was convicting for me, so I thought I'd share it:

Question: But what shall we do that we may be godly?
Answer: I shall briefly lay down some rules or helps to godliness:
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5. Make spending your time a matter of conscience: 'redeeming the time' (Eph. 5:16). Many people fool away their time, some in idle visits, others in recreations and pleasures which secretly bewitch the heart and take it away from better things. What are our golden hours for but to attend to our souls? Time misspent is not time lived but time lost. Time is a precious commidity. A piece of wax in itself is not worth much, but when it is affixed to the label of a will and conveys an estate, it is of great value. Thus, time simply in itself is not so considerable, but as salvation is to be worked out in it, and a conveyance of heaven depends on using it well, it is of infinite concern.
-Thomas Watson, The Godly Man's Picture, Puritan Paperbacks, Banner of Truth Trust, pp. 206-207
 

Pergamum

Ordinary Guy (TM)
Wonderful quotes. I just counseled a young man about his future yesterday (he asked me to) and his time-management was a huge issue.
 

au5t1n

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
So is mine. I have serious sloth issues that I am going to need God's help to overcome.
 

jambo

Puritan Board Senior
The Godly Man's Picture is brilliant and full of such quotable quotes. I would include amongst my all time favourite books.
 

tt1106

Puritan Board Freshman
Argh! Sanctification is so painful. (Initially) I'm down to basic cable now. LOL.
Thanks for posting that, that is good stuff.
 
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