That they may lay hold on the life which is life indeed. — 1 Tim 6:19
Be this thy brazen bulwark of defense, to preserve a conscience void of offense, and never turn pale with guilt.
Is life a noxious weed which whirlwinds sow?
A useless flint o’er which the waters flow?
A life well spent has not its weight in gold;
It is the clearest crystal earth doth hold,
A gem beside which suns seem dull and cold.
— Robert Louis Stevenson.
Lord God, I pray that my life may not be impoverished by neglect, nor burdened with indulgences, but that it may be kept in condition for high endeavors. Grant that I may never be content to rest in satisfaction and ease when I could struggle and accomplish a good work. Amen.