For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:…
I have heard a story of the celebrated Mr. William Dawson, who used to call himself "Billy" Dawson, much to the point. On one occasion, when he and some other Methodist friends were spending the evening together, a dear friend of mine happened to be present, and heard what passed. They were praying that Mr. Dawson's life might be spared for many years to come, that such an earnest man might be kept in the Church for the next twenty or thirty years. At last, as they were just in the middle of prayer, William Dawson said, "Lord, don't hear 'em: I want to get my work done, and go home; I don't want to be here any longer than there is needs be;" and the brethren stopped their prayers, thunderstruck as they witnessed his emotion. Now I believe that feeling will often pass over the earnest working Christian. "Oh," saith he, "I am not lazy; I am not idle; but still, I would like to get my work done."
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
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