How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

how-live-on-24-hoursHow do you get started living productively?  How do you avoid wasting time or your life?  I would like to share a resource that has helped me in the past which I hope will help you as well.  It’s a little book entitled, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day written by a man called Arnold Bennett.  You can download it on Amazon for FREE.   Let me share a few quotes from the book just to whet your appetite:

It is always the man who has tasted life who demands more of it.  And it is always the man who never gets out of bed who is the most difficult to rouse.

Most people sleep themselves stupid.

…Nine out of ten men would have better health and more fun out of life if they spent less time in bed.

Time is a great deal more than money.

Philosophers have explained space.  They have not explained time.  It is the inexplicable raw material of everything.  With it, all is possible; without it, nothing.  The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it.  You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically full with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life!  It is yours.  It is the most precious of possessions.  A highly singular commodity, showered upon you in a manner as singular as the commodity itself…No one can take it from you.  It is unstealable.  And no one receives either more or less than you receive.   Continue reading

Assorted – January 15, 2015

Conference-BannerPage14-462x241Christ, Our Wisdom – live-stream this conference out of Westminster Seminary in California for FREE!

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – watch John Piper, Lecrae, and John Ensor talk about abortion.

Boko Haram – here are some helpful facts about Boko Haram that you may not know.

Wanna be Productive? – here are some tips from R. C. Sproul.

Struggling with Worry? – Kevin DeYoung gives 7 good reasons not to worry.

 

 

Most Men are Not Satisfied with the Permanent Output of Their Lives

Only One LifeMost men are not satisfied with the permanent output of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ’s purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men who are putting everything into Christ’s undertaking are getting out of life its sweetest and most priceless rewards.

J. Campbell White, Excerpt from Secretary of the Laymen’s Missionary Movement, 1909.

 

Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying 24 Hours A Day

get-busy-living-or-get-busy-dying-5Today marks the end of the year 2014 – what has this year been like for you?  I am still processing what has happened this year, but all in all it’s been great!  It’s the first year in a while that I haven’t traveled anywhere far – I decided to stay close to my family and church this year and not travel as I normally do each year.  So, in that sense, it’s been good and refreshing and it has given me a lot of extra time with my family and church for which I am really grateful.

A Brand New, Well Packaged Gift for Everyone!

But another year starts tomorrow and we will all start on the same.  It’s a new and free gift that is being given to us by the Lord God, our Creator.  This brand new gift has been carefully wrapped and ready for us.  The year 2015 will be the same for all of us in the sense that we will all be given the same amount of seconds which will culminate into minutes, which will culminate into hours, which will culminate into days, which will culminate into weeks, which will culminate into months, which will culminate into a full year.  In 12 full months, the year 2015 will have come and gone.   Continue reading

Don’t Waste Your Life – Octavius Winslow

Life is too short guys!  Whether you are young or old, read this story and it will do your soul great good for you will be reminded of the fleeting and elusive nature of worldly pursuits on one hand and the permanence and definiteness of the glories of heaven in Christ!  Pass around and keep someone you know (a friend; a son or daughter; a grand-son or grand-daughter; a husband or wife, etc) from wasting his or her life.

The story below comes from Octavious Winslow who lived from 1808-1878 and is entitled “And Then?”Psalm39vs4

A young man, whom he had known as a boy, came to an aged professor of a distinguished continental university, with a face beaming with delight, and informed him that the long and fondly-cherished desire of his heart was at length fulfilled – his parents having given their consent to his studying the profession of the law. As the university presided over by his friend was a distinguished one, he had repaired to its law school, and was resolved to spare no labor or expense in getting through his studies as quickly and ably as possible. In this strain he continued for some time; and when he paused, the old man, who had been listening to him with great patience and kindness, gently said, “Well! and when you have finished your career of study, what do you mean to do then?” “Then I shall take my degree,” answered the young man. “And then?” asked his venerable friend. “And then,” continued the youth, “I shall have a number of difficult and knotty cases to manage: shall attract notice by my eloquence, and wit, and acuteness, and win a great reputation.” “And then?” repeated the holy man. “And then!” replied the youth, “why then there cannot be a question- I shall be promoted to some high office in the state, and I shall become rich.” “And then?” “And then,” pursued the young lawyer, “then I shall live comfortably and honorably in wealth and respect, and look forward to a quiet and happy old age.” “And then?” repeated the old man. “And then,” said the youth, “and then- and then- and then I shall die.” Here his venerable listener lifted up his voice, and again asked, with solemnity and emphasis– “And then?” Whereupon the aspiring student made no answer, but cast down his head, and in silence and thoughtfulness retired. This last “And then?” had pierced his heart like a sword- had darted like a flash of lightning into his soul, and he could not dislodge the impression. The result was, the entire change of his mind and course of his life. Abandoning the study of the law, he entered upon that of divinity, and expended the remainder of his days in the labors of a minister of Christ. 

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:5-6).

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