I am not a morning person or a night person. I function best between 8am and 8pm. My evenings usually end with me going to bed at a ridiculously early hour. Sometimes I read, watch a show or work on the computer before dropping off to sleep.
A while back I did a post on how to start the day. The advice came from Richard Baxter (1615-1691 ) and Henry Scudder ( d. 1659). Now here is some more advice from those same fine gentlemen, this time it is about how we should end our day.
1. Before returning to sleep, it is wise and necessary to review the actions and mercies of the day past, so that you may be thankful for all the special mercies and humbled for all your sins.(Richard Baxter)
2. Renew your repentance as well as your resolve for obedience, in order that you may examine yourself to see whether your soul grew better or worse, whether sin goes down and grace goes up and whether you are better prepared for suffering, death and eternity. (Richard Baxter)
3. When you see yourself without your apparel, consider what you were at your birth, and what you shall be at your death, when you put off this earthly tabernacle… how that you brought nothing into this world, nor shall carry any thing out (1 Tim. 6:7)… This will be an excellent means to give you sweet contentment in anything you have (1 Tim. 6:8)… (Henry Scudder).
When I look at myself without “apparel” I think, “I probably should not have had brownies for breakfast”. Instead, I should train myself to think over the truth that I came into this word with nothing and will leave this world with nothing. Everything I have is a wonderfully gracious gift from God.
These men really encouraged people to be more heavenly minded. This world is just like a layover and while I am here I need to be preparing myself for my eternal home. Is grace going up in my life? Am I becoming more conformed to the image of Christ? How attached am I to the things this world offers? What is ensnaring me? Have I repented? These are questions that I need to ask myself much more often.