Let my life be filled, packed and crammed!
(Charles Spurgeon, "Flowers from a Puritan's Garden" 1883)
"When men have much to say in a letter, and perceive that they have little paper left, they write closely."
Looking at the shortness of life, and the much that has to be written upon life's tablets — it befits us also to do much in a short space, and so to write closely.
"No day without a line!" is a good motto for a Christian.
A thoroughly useful life is very short, for it is but a span — but how much may be crowded into it for God, our souls, the Church, our families, and our fellows!
We cannot afford wide blanks of idleness. We should not only live by the day, but by the 20 minutes, as Wesley did. He divided each hour into three parts.
So scanty is our life's space, that we must condense and leave out superfluous matter — giving room only to that which is weighty and of the first importance.
Lord, whether I live long or not, I leave to your discretion. But help me to live while I live, that I may live profitably. You can give life more abundantly. Let me receive it, and let my life be filled, packed and crammed, with holy thoughts and words and deeds to Your glory!
"But this I say, brethren, the time is short!" 1 Corinthians 7:29