Service — A Blessed Habit

This quote was part of my devotional reading this morning, and I think it suits our theme well.  It was written by Frances Ridley Havergal, daughter of an Anglican clergyman. You may know her famous hymn, Take My Life.

“Begin at once.  Before you venture away from this quiet moment, ask your King to take you wholly into His service, and place all the hours of this day quite simply at His disposal, and ask Him to make and keep you ready to do just exactly what He appoints.  Never mind about tomorrow;  one day at a time is enough.  Try it today, and see if it is not a day of strange, almost curious peace, so sweet that you will be only too thankful, when tomorrow comes, to ask Him to take it also,–till it will become a blessed habit to hold yourself simply and ‘wholly at Thy commandment for any manner of service.’  The whatsoever is not necessarily active work.  It may be waiting (whether half an hour or half a life-time), learning, suffering, sitting still.  But shall we be less ready for these if any of them are His appointments for today?  Let us ask Him to prepare us for all that He is preparing for us.”