Wednesday, June 30, 2004

So Little Done

Englishman Cecil John Rhodes immigrated to South Africa for health reasons and made a fortune from gold and diamond mining. He also became prime minister of the Cape Colony in 1890 and expanded Britain's territories. Under his will, part of his fortune was used to endow the Rhodes scholarships. He died from heart disease at low ebb in his fortunes. Lewis Mitchell, who was at his bedside while he was dying, heard him murmur, "So little done, so much to do." Whether a statesman or a beggar; whether, a South African or American. Whether you don't have enough to pay the electric bill or have enough to fund a scholarship; as far as this life is concerned we can all die with much to do and little done. Christians can say instead, "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. I will depart to be with Jesus." To have accomplished anything that will last forever -- that will bring a peace of mind to a dying body -- you've got to have become a child of God. What do you need to do today?

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