We have not piety enough
(William Law, "A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life")
Let us not vainly content ourselves with
the common disorders of our lives . . .
the vanity of our expenses,
the folly of our diversions,
the pride of our habits,
the idleness of our lives,
and the wasting of our time,
fancying that these are such imperfections as we
fall into through the unavoidable weakness and
frailty of our natures.
But let us be assured, that these disorders of our
common life are owing to this: we don't sincerely
intend to please God in all the actions of our life.
So that the fault is not that we desire to be holy, but
through the weakness of our nature fall short of it.
But it is because we have not piety enough to
to be as holy as we can, or to please God in all the
actions of our life.
She that spends her time and money in the unreasonable
ways and fashions of the world, does not do so because
she lacks power to be wise and religious in the management
of her time and money; but because she has no intention
or desire of being so.
The reason why you see . . .
no real mortification or self denial,
no eminent charity,
no profound humility,
no heavenly affection,
no true contempt of the world,
no Christian meekness,
no sincere zeal,
no eminent piety
in the common lives of Christians, is this,
because they do not so much as intend to
be exact and exemplary in these virtues.