First, Resolve upon, and daily endeavour to practise, a life of seriousness and strict sobriety.
Again, Be careful to make a good improvement of precious time.
I bless God for this retirement: I never was more thankful for any thing than I have been of late for the necessity I am under of self-denial in many respects.
When you cease from labour, fill up your time in reading, meditation, and prayer: and while your hands are labouring, let your heart be employed, as much as possible, in divine thoughts.
Worldly pleasures, such as flow from greatness, riches, honours, and sensual gratifications, are infinitely worse than none.
I fear God never showed mercy to one so vile as I.