Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 3 January – Purpose

Being and Doing – 3 January – Purpose

It is by believing in, loving, and following illimitable ideals that man grows great.  Their very impossibility is their highest virtue.  They live before us as the image of that into which we are to grow for ever.”


“Nay, falter not – ’tis an assured good
To seek the noblest – ’tis your only good
Now you have seen it; for that higher vision
Poisons all meaner choice for evermore.”


“He preached, very solemnly, on the divided allegiance: wealth, position, clothes, on one side, and on the other, the eternal kingdom and glory of Christ.
Which weighed most with those before him in their estimate of their neighbours – the dress, the equipage, the very baubles round their necks, or holiness, and truth, and meekness?”



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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