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The Law of Use and Disuse.pdf

The Law of Use and Disuse.pdf

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BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.

We are doing business in this world for
Christ. Each one of us has something of his,
a pound, which he has entrusted to us to trade
with as his agent. Our life itself, with all
its powers, its endowments, its opportunities,
its privileges, its blessings, is our pound. We
are not our own. We are not in this world
merely to have a good time for a few years.
Life is a trust. We are not done with it when
we have lived it through to its last day. We
must render an account of it to him who gave
it to us. Our business is to show gains through
our trading with our Lord's money.
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.

We are doing business in this world for
Christ. Each one of us has something of his,
a pound, which he has entrusted to us to trade
with as his agent. Our life itself, with all
its powers, its endowments, its opportunities,
its privileges, its blessings, is our pound. We
are not our own. We are not in this world
merely to have a good time for a few years.
Life is a trust. We are not done with it when
we have lived it through to its last day. We
must render an account of it to him who gave
it to us. Our business is to show gains through
our trading with our Lord's money.

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The Law of Use and Disuse.
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.
We thank thee, Master of our lives, to whomAt last we all, from varying earthly task,Shall render our account, that thou wilt ask No trivial daily record as we come ;That what we gain in thoughts and deeds of loveThroughout our service, be it long or short,Is the one record that shall then be broughtTo test our fitness for the life above.To us the weary hours and days seem nowToo often but an idle tale. We grieveO'er passing moments and forget that thouDost reckon not by time, and that thy love,In summing up our human lives at last,Will count the heart-throbs, not the moments passed.Mary G. Slocum.We are doing business in this world forChrist. Each one of us has something of his,a pound, which he has entrusted to us to tradewith as his agent. Our life itself, with all
 
its powers, its endowments, its opportunities,its privileges, its blessings, is our pound. Weare not our own. We are not in this worldmerely to have a good time for a few years.214The Law of Use and DisuseLife is a trust. We are not done with it whenwe have lived it through to its last day. Wemust render an account of it to him who gaveit to us. Our business is to show gains throughour trading with our Lord's money. We arerequired to make the most possible of our life.People often speak of the solemnity of dying.But it is a great deal more solemn thing to live.Dying is only giving back into God's hand hisown gift, — life, — and if we have lived well,dying is victory, is glory, the trampling of life'sopaque dome to fragments, as our soul burstsinto blessedness. But it is living that is seriousand solemn. Life, to its last particle, is ourLord's property entrusted to us to be used sothat it shall grow. Then comes the judgment,with its accounting and its rewards. We shallhave to look up into our Lord's face and tellhim what we have done with the pound, thelife that has been entrusted to us to keep and touse.The Lord does not put a large amount of hismoney into the hand of any one to begin with — only one pound, as the parable has it. It isnot much, but it is as much as we are capableof using well at first, until we have acquiredmore experience. Besides, it is enough to test
 
our faithfulness. If we do well with the little,2I 5Life's Byways and Waysideshe will trust us with more. Doing businesswith a small amount also trains us so that byand by we may care for a larger sum. Mostsuccessful business men had very little to beginwith. They handled the little well, and itincreased into more. Meantime, the men them-selves grew into greater ability and wisdom,through experience, until now they manage alarge business as easily as at first they managedthe little they had.It is the same in all life. The child at schoolhas but little mental ability, but it has enoughto begin with, enough to show its spirit and testits faithfulness. If it uses the little well, theability will increase. God gives into no man'shand at the beginning a finely-trained, fully-developed mind. The great poets, artists, phi-losophers and writers of the world began withonly one pound. Christ gives no one at thestart a noble, full-statured Christian character,with spiritual graces all blossoming out. Themost saintly Christian began with very littlesaintliness. The most useful man in the churchbegan with a very small and imperfect sort of usefulness. Those whose influence for goodnow touches thousands of lives, extends overwhole communities or fills an entire country,or the world, had nothing to begin with but one216

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