Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 4 April – Unconscious Influence

Being and Doing – 4 April – Unconscious Influence

THAT which we are, we shall teach, not voluntarily but involuntarily.  Thoughts come into our minds by avenues which we never left open, and thoughts go out of our minds through avenues which we never voluntarily opened.  Character teaches over our head.


No action, whether foul or fair,

Is ever done, but it leaves somewhere 

A record, written by fingers ghostly 

As a blessing, or a curse, and mostly 

In the greater weakness or greater strength 

Of the acts which follow it, till at length

The wrongs of ages are redressed, 

And the justice of God made manifest.


FOR every good deed of ours, the world will be better always.  And, perhaps, no day does a man walk down a street cheerfully and like a child of God, without some passengers being brightened by his face, and, unknowingly to himself, catching from its look a something of religion.


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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