Being and Doing – 23 March – Power to Serve
LET no one say that he must be better before he can take a part, even a quiet and unobserved part, in making others better. On the contrary, there is no duty which may not be made the gate of the road to Christ. Begin here and you will find that this way leads, where all such ways always lead, to your Master’s Presence. Do not fear that you are unworthy to serve Him, for serving Him in any way is the sure means to make you more worthy.
YOU will never lead souls heavenward unless climbing yourself. You need not be very far up, but you must be climbing.
Bishop WALSHAM HOW
THE best men doing their best
Know peradventure least of what they do:
Men usefullest i’ the world are simply used;
The nail that holds the wood must pierce it first,
And He alone Who wields the hammer sees
The work advanced by the earliest blow. Take heart.”
E. B. BROWNING
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.