Being and Doing – 4 February – Duty
YOU are seeking your own will. You are seeking some good other than the law you are bound to obey. But how will you find good? It is not a thing of choice: it is a river that flows from the foot of the Invisible Throne, and flows by the path of obedience.
I say, again, man cannot choose his duties.
You may choose to forsake your duties, and choose not to have the sorrow they bring. But you will go forth; and what will you find? Sorrow without duty… bitter herbs, and no bread with them.
THE performance of a duty is never a useless office, though we may not see the consequences, or they may be quite different, from what we expected or calculated on.
He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause.
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.