Diligent in business, not fervent in spirit, she was never idle. But there are other ways than idleness of wasting time. She was continually "improving herself," but it was a big phrase for a small matter; she had not learned that to do the will of God is the only way to improve one's self. She would have scorned the narrowness of any one who told her so, not understanding what the will of God means.
George MacDonald, "The Cousins," The Elect Lady, 18.