Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 10 January – Man Cannot Choose His Duties

2023-01-01 20.47.37Being and Doing – 10 January – Man Cannot Choose His Duties

OUR present circumstances are to be looked upon as advantages which the Great Disposer has afforded us, and not, as we are apt to think, impediments which He has thrown in our way.   They are the materials with which we are to begin to build, and not a heap of rubbish that must be cleared out of the way before we lay the first stone in the edifice of our lives.


NEVER fancy you could be something if only you had a different lot and sphere assigned to you.  The very things that you most deprecate, as fatal limitations or obstructions, are probably what you most want.  What you call hindrances, obstacles, discouragements, are probably God’s opportunities.

DESPISE not thou small things,
The soul that longs for wings
To soar to some great height of sacrifice too oft
Forgets the daily round,
Where little cares abound,
And shakes off little duties while she looks aloft.



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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