In the 1880s a young man who was an earnest Christian found employment in a pawnshop.
Although he disliked the work, he did it faithfully "as unto the Lord" until a
more desirable opportunity opened for him. To prepare himself for a life of Christian
service, he wrote on a scrap of paper the following resolutions: "I do promise God
that I will rise early every morning to have a few minutes--not less than five--in private
prayer. I will endeavor to conduct myself as a humble, meek, and zealous follower of
Jesus, and by serious witness and warning I will try to lead others to think of the needs
of their immortal souls. I hereby vow to read no less than four chapters in God's Word
every day. I will cultivate a spirit of self-denial and will yield myself a prisoner of
love to the Redeemer of the world." That young man was William Booth, who later led
thousands to Christ and founded the Salvation Army. Daily Bread, June 28, 1989.