Turn Day Into Night
long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Health is a great treasure. It is the
richest possession mortals can have. Wealth, honor, or learning is dearly
purchased if it be at the loss of the vigor of health. None of these
attainments can secure happiness if health is wanting. It is a terrible sin to
abuse the health that God has given us; for every abuse of health enfeebles us
for life, and makes us losers.
How prevalent is the habit of turning day
into night and night into day. Many youth sleep soundly in the morning, when
they should be up with the early singing birds, and be stirring when all nature
is awake. Let youth practice regularity in the hours for going to bed and for
rising, . . . Let them purpose in their hearts that they will bring themselves
under discipline, and practice orderly rules. God is a God of order, and it is
the duty of the youth to observe strict rules, for such practices will work for
Since the work of building up the body
takes place during the hours of rest, it is essential, especially in youth,
that sleep should be regular and abundant.
The majority of pleasure lovers attend
the fashionable night gatherings, and spend in exciting amusements the hours
God has given them for quiet rest and sleep in order to invigorate the body. .
. . They are robbing the cheeks of the glow of health, and then to supply the
deficiency use cosmetics.
Would it not be better, therefore, to
break up this habit of turning night into day, and the fresh hours of morning
into night? If the youth would form habits of regularity and order, they would
improve in health, in spirits, in memory, and in disposition.
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