From the pen of Isaac Backus to his mother regarding the awakening of several sinners who were seeking Christ, written on September 27, 1762:
I daily look upon myself as a vile creature, yet the worth of souls and the great concerns of the kingdom of Christ, have, I think, engaged my mind as fully as ever in my life, to labor in his vineyard. Oh, these are golden moments, and woe to those who trifle them away.
A Memoir of the Life and Times of the Rev. Isaac Backus, by Alvah Hovey, 1858, republished by Gano Books, 1991, p. 138.