Miller’s Monday Musings #45: Learning to Live

by | Jan 10, 2022 | Miller's Monday Musings | 4 comments

Learning to Live

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29).

We have to learn to live, if we ever wish to live worthily. No one becomes a fine player on the piano without learning. No one can take a piece of canvas, with palette and paints and brushes, and immediately make a great picture.

Life itself is not easier than music or painting. We must learn to live; and the lessons are hard, requiring long years of patience and practice. But we ought to learn the lesson, whatever the cost may be.

Life is a sacred trust! We are accountable for it to God Who gave it to us. We are required to make the most of our powers, training them to their best capacity. By self-discipline, we are to get the perfect mastery of our being; and then we must do the things which we were made to do. Yet many people never seriously try to learn to live. This is unworthy of a being that is endowed with immortality and sent forth on a Divine errand. We should pray for grace that we may live in a way which will not shame us when we come to the end.

Man’s life is but a working day, 
Whose tasks are set aright: 
A time to work, a time to pray, 
And then a quiet night. 
And then, please God, a quiet night, 
Where palms are green and robes are white, 
A long-drawn breath, a balm for sorrow – 
And all things lovely on the morrow. 
– Christina Rossetti

Have you prayed to the Lord today and asked Him to teach you how to live worthily for His glory in the midst of your own home and family today?

Feel free to leave your reflections and ask your questions about this article in the Comments section below.

God bless you and your family, this day and always.

All for the King’s glory,


photo by Lisa Forseth  |

This post is another installment of Miller’s Monday Musings, a weekly series that is published every Monday on our website. The series features selected writings that have been adapted from the works of James Russell Miller (1840-1912), a much-beloved Christian author and pastor who is well-remembered for his practical thoughts on Christian home and family life. Learn more about this weekly series by clicking here.

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  1. David

    Practicing living. When you put it that way it seems so obvious, but I think I lose that sometimes.

    • Christian Horstmann

      Yes, I think most of us could probably use that friendly reminder at times… I know I certainly can. 🙂
      ~ Christian

  2. Bianca Mc Seveney

    Thank you! That is well explained and gives a better perspective. It makes the daily tasks feel like they carry weight and are not mundane


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