Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 28 February – Patience

Being and Doing – 28 February – Patience

DO not say, ” I cannot endure to suffer these things at the hands of such an one, nor ought I to endure things of this sort; for he hath done me great wrong, and reproacheth me with things which I never thought of; but of another I will willingly suffer, that is, if they are things which I shall see I ought to suffer.

Such a thought is foolish; it considereth not the virtue of patience nor by whom it will be to be crowned; but rather, weigheth too exactly the persons, and the injuries offered to itself.

He is not truly patient, who is willing to suffer only so much as he thinks good, and from whom he pleases.


IF thou wilt thyself be borne with, bear also with another.


ENDEAVOUR to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, of what sort soever they be; for that thyself also hast many failings which must be borne with by others…

If thou can’st not make thyself such an one as thou wouldest, how can thou expect to have another in all things to thy liking..? 

We would willingly have others perfect, and yet we amend not our own faults..

We will have others severely corrected, and will not be corrected ourselves…



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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