How Do We Value Time?

We all have an equal amount of time to account for. The important point is what we do with it. In a short article entitled "Improve Your Time" in "Miscellaneous Writings," Mrs. Eddy states (p. 230), "Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing." And in "Retrospection and Introspection," she writes (p. 70), "Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity."

In a well-defined life purpose one has no choice but to make the best possible use of his time. A high goal, a determination to achieve something worthwhile, is in accord with the law of God; and, as the Preacher declared (Prov. 10:22), "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it."

To define one's purpose, it is essential to acknowledge that such a purpose exists. At first, the goal may seem to be confined to a human sense of existence with a limited number of years in which to achieve it. However, one is more apt to achieve something worthwhile if he will view what he is attempting in terms of a higher purpose—that of fulfilling the ennobling requirements of son-ship with God. When the lesser purpose yields to the greater, it is sure of success.

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