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Addressing Powerful Goodness
Powerful Goodness was Franklin’s name for God. He was a man of faith, but did not care much for the preaching of the day. So many times he would go to church (after being hounded by the ministers to do so) and hear the preacher address a great topic and yet provide no practical application or encouragement to be better. But he never lost his faith. He considered addressing Powerful Goodness a priority of each day. You can read his dairy online here.
And conceiving God to be the fountain of wisdom, I thought it right and necessary to solicit His assistance for obtaining it; to this end I formed the following little prayer, which was prefixed to my tables of examination, for daily use:
O powerful Goodness! bountiful Father! merciful Guide! increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest.Strengthen my resolutions to perform what that wisdom dictates. Accept my kind offices to Thy other children as the only return in my power for Thy continual favors to me.
Adapting Ben Franklin’s Schedule to Modern Life
You may have noticed that Dr. Franklin’s schedule is missing some things from modern life. Time for exercise, cooking, cleaning, family and friends, soccer matches, trips to the grocery store, etc. Don’t let this discourage you or count out his schedule as impractical and outdated. Each day doesn’t have to be the same, and when you set out to use your time effectively you may be surprised how much you can accomplish in the waking hours of a day.