Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Day by Day
A celebrated modern writer says, 'Take care of the minutes, and the hours will take care of themselves.' This is an admirable remark, and might be very seasonably recollected when we begin to be 'weary in well-doing,' from the thought of having much to do. The present moment is all we have to do with in any sense; the past is irrecoverable; the future is uncertain; nor is it fair to burthen one moment with the weight of the next. Sufficient unto the moment is the trouble thereof. If we had to walk a hundred miles, we should still have to set but one step at a time, and this process continued would infallibly bring us to our journey's end. fatigue generally begins, and is always increased, by calculating in a minute the exertion of hours. Thus, in looking forward to future life, let us recollect that we have not to sustain all its toil, to endure all its sufferings, or encounter all its crosses at once. One moment comes laden with its own little burthens, then flies, and is succeeded by another no heavier than the last; if one could be borne, so could another, and another. Even in looking forward to a single day, the spirit may sometimes faint from an anticipation of the duties, the labours, the trials to temper and patience, that may be expected. Now, this is unjustly laying the burthen of many thousand moments upon one.: Youth's Magazine for November, 1819.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Day by Day'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/d/day-by-day.html. 1870.