C.S. Lewis says that we most give way to temper when some enjoyment that we planned on or time we expected to have to ourselves is invaded by a needy friend or an importunate child. We fail to realize, he says, that all our time and property is really God’s to dispose of. We should be pathetically grateful if God spares us an hour now and again to amuse ourselves.
The Ensign came today with an article on Edward Hunter, a wealthy Quaker who joined the Church and became the Presiding Bishop. The article relates that in Nauvoo “He cheerfully donated $7000 in cash and nearly $5000 in goods to the Prophet Joseph for the building of Zion. He continued to donate generously, so much so, that the Prophet Joseph Smith told him he had done enough and to reserve the rest for his own use.” I imagine the good Bishop looked on his remaining farms with a kind of delight he hadn’t known before.