2. I must also use life well, because it will soon be over. "The time is short!" My days and years will soon be spent, and I cannot recall them. My life is but a shadow it is but a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. Even if I am spared to the full age of man, compared with the long life awaiting me hereafter, my life here is but as a moment. Let me endeavor then to remember how soon life will be gone, and be very careful to use well each precious moment. If I had a little bucket of water, and no more could be obtained, how carefully would I watch that none of it ran to waste. Each drop I would reckon of great value. Such is my life. It is all I have. I must therefore lose none. I must squander none.
3. I must use life well, because it is very uncertain. I may have far less than I think. I may be looking forward to years to come and yet I may have but a few months or weeks or days to live! I remember a woman who said that some day she would begin to attend our village church. She was in middle age, and had lived a sadly wicked and abandoned life. She thought that she had time enough and to spare, to think of more serious subjects. She did indeed soon afterwards come to our village church but how did she come? She was carried in a casket on men's shoulders, and then left in the silent grave. Only six weeks had passed since the day she promised that some day she would begin a new life.