Being and Doing – 13 March – Looking on the Bright Side
THINK a little less of your sorrows and more of your joys, for the joys will make you grateful, and gratitude is in itself one of the most beautiful pleasures of the soul. And being grateful, you can take this blessing (‘The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all’) to yourself, and make it yours, for part of the grace of the Lord Jesus is to have a grateful heart.”
MANY of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges. We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them ‘ curses.’
The shadows God sends are few, those we make for ourselves are many. In all things throughout the world the men who look for the crooked will see the crooked, and the men who look for the straight will see the straight.
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.