And then, as for thyself – grow in intense energy in thy high calling. Remember, faith without diligence is slumbering delusion. Faith is the practical energy of a living faith. Always, therefore, look at sloth, not as an infirmity, but as a sin, affecting the whole man; growing upon us with unexpected power. Allow it therefore no rest, no time to root itself. Resist it in all forms – bodily, mental, spiritual; indulgence of sleep and appetite; self-pleasing in all its subtle and plausible workings. Live by rule. Have your time strictly arranged. Be employed early in the work of God. Store the mind with useful knowledge; ever reserving the first place for an industrious and prayerful study of the book of God. Mortify this baneful work through the Divine Spirit (Rom 8:13), drawing all your motives from the death (Rom 7:6), the life (Mark 1:32-35), the rules of Christ. (Luke 9:23; Rom 8:11-14) Victory will soon declare for you; and how enriching will be the spoil!
(Charles Bridges, A Manual for the Young: A Practical Exposition of Proverbs 1-9. First Edition: 1859 Second Edition: Vestavia Hills, AL: Solid Ground, 2005, 62)