Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 13 February – Character is Property

Being and Doing – 13 February – Character is Property

A MAN’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth… The life is more than the meat.

Luke xi. 15.


WE have not our choice to be rich or poor, to be in health or in sickness, but we have our choice to be worthy or worthless.

KEEP innocence, be all a true man ought;

         Let neither pleasure tempt, nor pain appal;

Who hath this hath all things, – having naught, 

         Who hath it not, hath nothing, having all.”


CHARACTER is property.  It is the noblest of possessions.


EVERY human being is intended to have a character of his own, to be what no other is, to do what no other can do.



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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