Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 29 January – Day by Day

2023-01-01 20.47.37Being and Doing – 29 January – Day by Day

EVERY day ought to be begun as a serious work, standing alone in itself, and yet connected with the past and the future, and more especially with the eternal future in the Kingdom of God.


SUMME up at night what thou hast done by day;
And in the morning what thou hast to do.
Dresse and undresse thy soul; mark the decay
And growth of it; if with thy watch that too
Be down, then winde up both, since we shall be
Most surely judg’d- make thy accounts agree.


In the morning fix thy good purpose; and at night examine thyself what thou hast done, how thou hast behaved thyself in word, deed, and thought; for in these perhaps thou hast oftentimes offended both God and thy neighbour.

Thomas a KEMPIS.


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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