Desire | Discipline | Failure | Stewardship | Success

The following is from the excellent biography of Dr. Paul Brand, medical missionary to India: At first Paul lived at home. In order to get to work at seven thirty, an hour’s ride across London by train, he had to get up at five-thirty. It wasn’t easy. Connie [Paul’s sister] feeling keenly responsible, would herself rise at five, then come into his room and shake him every five minutes. Still he found it almost impossible to waken. “This isn’t right,” he finally decided. “It’s my problem. Let me solve it.” He purchased a huge two-bell alarm clock and set it beside the bed on a tin tray. It was Connie who had to turn it off. He slept through its tintinabulations like a baby. “It’s because you don’t really want to get up,” a helpful friend told him. “Even when asleep you know what you’re doing, and anything you really want to do you can do.” That night he set the alarm and…

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