Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1919-1920 Page: 23 of 84
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SESSION OF 1919-'20
CONSERVATION OF TIME AND ENERGY
We read and hear a great deal about conservation. The most
important conservation is the conservation of the time and energy of
the individual. In this age of intense physical and mental activity
the individual who would succeed and last must so order his life as
t9 be free as possible from all friction and without a waste of time
and energy. Every student is led to work according to a well ordered
program. The general program in Daisy Hall, Zellner Hall, the Girls'
Industrial Home, and in every home where our students board, will
be as follows:
6:30- 7:00-Arise and arrange rooms.
8:00-10:00-Study and recitations.
10:30-12:30-Study and recitations.
1:30- 3:30-Study and recitations.
WHAT WE CAN DO
We can offer a college of the first class. With our splendid equipment
and our excellent faculty of Christian men and women, we can
furnish the environment. We cannot guarantee the growth. We can
teach, admonish, encourage, reprove, chasten, and exhort. We can
pray that God may use us to bless the boys and girls who are given
into our charge. We can work and pray that the purpose of Abilene
Christian College, aside from the opportunity to function in the secular
education of the young, may be realized. We can teach the Bible as
the Word of God. We can work and pray to the end that the truth
of the message may mould character and may be the lamp of life; that
students may use the message in the various forms of religious work;
and that by the clearer thinking and broader culture that comes
through the study of the Word of God, they may grow into full grown
men and women in the Lord.
WHAT WE CANNOT DO
We cannot always succeed in making over the boy that has been
allowed to "go wild" or "to the bad" at home. We make unusual effort
to inspire and develop noble ideas, but we do not always succeed.
It is, however, a pleasure to us to assist parents in conserving the spiritual
life of their children. We believe no better place can be found
for the development of the better side of a student's life.
Though we are patient and forbearing to a great extent, we often
decide that the greatest good to the greatest number demands that
insubordinate students be sent home. We cannot afford to keep indefintely
in our group any boy or girl who will demoralize other students
or be the occasion of leading others astray.
We cannot make preachers. We do not propose to try such a
thing. We do offer the best environment we can for rapid development
of the Christian character, and we offer courses of especial
value to those who are to become public ministers of the gospel. A
soul may be more likely to develop into a public servant here than he
would elsewhere, for we seek to enlist all Christians in active service
as they feel disposed to render; but only the grace of God can lead
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Abilene Christian College. Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1919-1920, book, July 1919; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45903/m1/23/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.