Being and Doing – 29 March – Our Work Must Be What we Ourselves Are

Being and Doing – 29 March – Our Work Must Be What we Ourselves Are

OUR work must be what we ourselves are;  and in ministering to others we realise more and more the solemn obligation which rests upon us for their sakes, if not for our own – to sanctify ourselves.

From Our Work

KNOW, then, that to be is infinitely higher than to do;  that to be thoroughly true is a higher service, and a more lasting service, than to spread the truth;  that to be pure in heart brings you nearer to God, does more for your fellowmen, bears a more excellent fruit, than a life spent in helping others to be pure;  that to be just is more excellent than to aid justice;  that to be a Christian makes more Christians than to teach the Gospel.


To try too hard to make people good is one way to make them worse;  the only way to make them good is to be good.



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.

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