My efforts have proved insufficient: our short series on racism must be extended into next week. Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day and my Saturday schedule is strained. Monday: the true dividing line among the sons of Adam. Tuesday: how the local church should respond to racism in America and other conclusory remarks.

Today I’m sharing four quotes from J. C. Ryle’s Thoughts for Young Men (1888). This book says much with few words. I encourage you to grab Banner of Truth’s 75 page edition.

“Be distrustful of your own opinion, when you find it contrary to that of older men than yourselves, and specially to that of your own parents. Age gives experience, and therefore deserves respect” (22-23).

“Never be ashamed of letting men see you want to go to heaven. Think it no disgrace to show yourself a servant of God. Never be afraid of doing what is right” (35).

“No place, no employment is good for you, which injures your soul. No friend, no companion deserves your confidence, who makes light of your soul’s concerns” (43).

“Young men, resist sin in its beginnings…. There is nothing finer than the point of a needle, but when it has made a hole, it draws all the thread after it” (56).