Is it not the act of a madman to labor at what, under any circumstances, one can never finish? Death will always come before the edifice of worldly prosperity can be completed. And if we knew before hand that, however we may struggle with death, it is not we, but death, that will triumph; is it not an indication that we ought not to struggle with death, or to set our hearts upon that which will surely per ish, but to seek to perform the task whose results cannot be destroyed by our inevitable departure ?
"And he said unto his disciples , Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat and the body is more than rai ment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: How much more are ye better than the fowls ? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest ? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you that Solo mon in all his glory ivas not arrayed like one of these." (Luke xii. 22-27.)
Whatever pains we may take for our nourishment, for the care of the body, we cannot prolong life by a single hour. 1 Is it not folly to trouble ourselves about a thing that we cannot possibly accomplish ?
1 The words of verse 25 are incorrectly translated; the word T]\iKiav means age, age of life: consequently the whole phrase should be rendered: can add one hour to his life.