Being and Doing – 22 March – The Heroic Life
THE service of Christ needs heroes and heroism as much as the work of the world. Fill your soul by all means with large-hearted generosity which can find brotherhood with all mankind, with deep convictions which cannot be shaken by the opposition of the world, with strong will and fixed purpose that shall never fail in steadfast perseverance. And then add to this the heroism of utter self-sacrifice which knows no other aim than to consecrate all to the Master who gives it, loyally laying at His Feet the tribute of loving self-devoted obedience in answer to His ever-loving and ever-upholding guidance.
An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims makes it impossible to be great at all.
E. B. BROWNING
Do not act as if you had ten thousand years to throw away. Death stands at your elbow. Be good for something while you live and it is in your power.
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.