Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 5 February – Duty

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Being and Doing – 5 February – Duty

OUR thoughts, good or bad, are not in our command, but every one of us has at all hours duties to do, and these he can do negligently, like a slave, or faithfully, like a true servant.  ‘Do the duty that is nearest thee’  – that first, and that well; all the rest will disclose themselves with increasing clearness, and make their successive demand.  Were your duties never so small, I advise you, set yourself with double and treble energy and punctuality to do them, hour after hour, day after day.



EVERY duty, even the least duty, involves the whole principle of obedience.  And little duties make the will dutiful, that is, supple and prompt to obey.  Little obediences lead into great.  The daily round of duty is full of probation and of discipline; it trains the will, heart, and conscience.  We need not to be prophets or apostles.  The commonest life may be full of perfection.  The duties of home are a discipline for the ministries of heaven.





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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