Being and Doing – 12 February – Character
LIVING as those who have a charge from Christ will be to us a constant safeguard. Sorrow, instead of embittering our hearts, will open in them deeper and sweeter fountains; success will make them watchful; failure, humble; nay, the commonest things will be ministers of good: in them there will be a discipline for our tempers; and from their use we shall obtain the power of applying high principles to little things.
IT is our chief difficulty about the formation of Christian character, that we do not give enough time to it. We do not make it sufficiently one continual work through our whole life… We never outgrow the need of watchfulness till we come to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
TITO was experiencing that inexorable law of human souls, that we prepare ourselves for sudden deeds by the reiterated choice of good or evil that gradually determines character.
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.