Being and Doing – 10 March – Cheerfulness
WONDROUS is the strength of cheerfulness.
HAPPINESS, and brightness in God’s service is a great gift and one that wins others to Him. We are told to ‘make melody in our hearts to the Lord,’ and how can we do this unless we are bright and cheerful, and serve Him gladly? …you must live the life, not merely do the work. Live a quiet peaceful life alone with God, stayed on Him, and the work will come out of it. You will then do it simply, unconsciously. Try
to keep yourself perfectly free and ready for Him to use you.
EVERY now and then there are flashes of light upon the gospel-page which let us see what a bright, sunny, sympathetic life the Saviour led, how perfectly free from harshness and asceticism was that character which, at the same time, carried a sweet and gentle seriousness and a robust earnestness with it wherever it went.
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.