Doing Little Things Well

SOME time ago I heard a little story which I thought contained a good lesson.

Two great Englishmen were discussing the benefits derived from systematic and methodical habits, when in answer to a question one said, "Yes, I divide my day into four parts: six hours for sleep; six hours for study and recreation; six hours for work for my fellow-men, and six hours for God." Then, I think it was Sir John Cook, who replied: "Well, I divide my day into three parts: eight hours for sleep; eight hours for study and recreation; eight for work for my fellow-men, and all twenty-four hours for God." Both were certainly Christian men, and yet I think the latter must have been the more practical, if not the happier.

When I heard the little story I could not help thinking of those lives so lived as to reflect each hour and moment those truly Christ-like qualities. For it is not always the men or women connected with the greatest number of religious organizations, who manifest and demonstrate the greatest love and kindness to their fellow-men.

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November 14, 1901

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