John Newton on Hope & Contentment

John Newton, the author of several of the greatest hymns the church has ever sung, once said,

Suppose a man was going to New York to take possession of a large estate and his carriage should break down one mile before he got to the city, which obliged him to walk the rest of the way to the inheritance. What a fool we should think him if we saw him wringing his hands and blubbering out all the remaining mile, ‘My carraige is broken! My carriage is broken!’

I often have returned to this story and must remind myself again that we have only a mile yet to travel and we’ll be free of even the need for such temporal trappings.

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven!” (Matt. 5:12)