Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 2 January – Purpose

Being and Doing – 2 January – Purpose

A SACRED burden is the life ye bear,
Look on it, lift it, bear it solemnly:
Stand up and walk beneath it steadfastly;
Fail not for sorrow, falter not for sin,
But onward, upward, till the goal ye win.


For what we see in that life is not only a purpose and a work passing man’s understanding; but that purpose followed and that work done in a way which man can understand.  It is a life governed by its end and purpose, in which shows or illusions have no place; founded on unshrinking unexaggerated truth, facing everything as it is without disguise or mistake; and further, a life in which its purpose is followed with absolute indifference to whatever sacrifice it may cost.



These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.


Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.


Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.


For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith.  I hope they will encourage others also.

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