Being and Doing – 17 March – Cheerfulness
HE was a sworn foe to all complaining and murmurs. Every complaining spirit, he said, implied some dissatisfaction with God’s decrees, and a good deal of self love.
GOODNESS, he taught, should always be attractive, ready to adapt itself to the wills and wishes of others; cheerful, bright, well-balanced, free from all singularity and self-consciousness.
From Life of S. Francis de Sales
IF we could do our work in a brighter, less anxious spirit, it would wear us less. It is worry, not work, that wears.
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.