" . . . I pray thee have me excused."
A soldier who went to the war took with him some of the small instruments of his craft--he was a watch-maker and repairer--thinking to make some extra shillings now and then while in the camp. He did so. He found plenty of watches to mend, and almost forgot that he was a soldier. One day, when ordered off on some duty, he expclaimed, "Why, how can I go? I've got ten watches to mend!"
Some Chrsiitans are so absorbed in self-seeking that they are ready to say to the Master's call, "I pray thee have me excused!" They are nominally soldiers of Christ, but really only watch-menders.
Taken From: 1001 Thoughts From My Library,D. L. Moody
"And whosoever doth not bear his cross,
and come after me, cannot be my disciple."