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Be very careful, then, how you live

" Be very careful, then, how you live , not as unwise but as wise—redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:16

Time already lost cannot be recovered. Yet we may redeem much of it that remains to us . . .
  from needless sleep,
  from vain conversation,
  from profitless reading,
  and from frivolous occupations.

If the character of the times in which the admonition of the text was first given supplied a motive for enforcing it—then surely the days in which we live press it upon us with additional urgency.

Temptations to worldly pleasures and sinful indulgences surround us on every hand!
Iniquity abounds—and the love of many waxes cold. Let us, then, earnestly seek grace rightly to employ the precious hours that are given to us, and to redeem all the time we can for the spiritual advantage of ourselves and others.

Colonel Gardiner always secured two hours for devotional exercises before the business of the day commenced. Philip Doddridge wrote his "Family Expositor" by rising at five in the morning, instead of seven, as he had previously done.

But apart from all other examples, we have that of our blessed Lord Himself, who said, "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day—the night is coming, when no man can work."

"Not many lives have we, but only one,
  One, only one!
  How sacred should that one life ever be,
  That narrow span!"

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