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Decide to Rest

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      This day is salvation come to this house.
      LUKE 19:9

      From this day will I bless you.
      HAGGAI 2:19

      EVERY day is a fresh beginning;
      Listen, my soul, to the glad refrain,
      And spite of old sorrow and older sinning,
      And puzzles forecasted and possible pain,
      Take heart with the day, and begin again.

      EVERY temptation to evil temper which can assail us to-day will be an opportunity to decide the question whether we shall gain the calmness and the rest of Christ, or whether we shall be tossed by the restlessness and agitation of the world. Nay, the very vicissitudes of the seasons, day and night, heat and cold, affecting us variably, and producing exhilaration or depression, are so contrived as to conduce towards the being which we become, and decide whether we shall be master of ourselves, or whether we shall be swept at the mercy of accident and circumstance, miserably susceptible of merely outward influences.

      Why wilt thou defer thy good purpose from day to day? Arise, and begin in this very instant, and say, "Now is the time to be doing; now is the time to be striving; now is the fit time to amend myself." Unless thou dost earnestly force thyself, thou shalt never get the victory over sin.

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