First, it is worthwhile to have a clear conscience. Conscience is the voice of God speaking to our hearts.
Second, it is worthwhile to cultivate self-control –moderation, self-denial and power of endurance. The Bible tells us, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty.”
Third, it is worthwhile to be wise in the use of time. It is the uneventful and commonplace hours that the battle of life is won or lost. It is with time we purchase everything that life holds. Let each of us resolve today, that not one moment should be wasted! What enevery there would be in our lives! What strength! What purpose! What grand results!
Fourth, it is worthwhile to have perseverance. All the great inventions of modern times were once deemed impossible and were accomplished only by perseverance.
Fifth, it is worthwhile to possess cheerfulness. Solomon said: “A merry heart doeth good like medicine.” Haydn, the composer, said his church music was cheerful because he writes it according to the thoughts he feels. When he thinks of God’s love and mercy, he feels so full of joy that the notes dance and leap from his pen.
Sixth, it is worthwhile to learn to appreciate constructive criticism, to depreciate enmity, and to be able to bear being blamed and unkindly spoken of.
Seventh, it is worthwhile to be optimistic. Jesus was the great optimist as he believed in the Great Tomorrow. He was the Apostle of Hope.
Eighth, it is worthwhile to cultivate personality. The charm of personality lies in the power of the individual to radiate a magnetic influence, just as the sun radiates light and heat.
Ninth, it is worthwhile to be yourself if you wish to serve others.
Tenth, it is worthwhile to be kind. Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the dumb understand. Lovingkindness is rather to be chosen than silver and gold.
“Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”
Louise Hill Leibert from the book, Meditations and Prayers