John Newton — I compare the troubles which we have to undergo…

I compare the troubles which we have to undergo to a great bundle of fagots, far too large for us to carry.  But God does not require us to carry the whole at once.  He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today and then another which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on.  This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for us each day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying sticks over again today, and adding tomorrow’s burden to our load, before we are required to carry it.
John Newton