Being and Doing · Sermon

Being and Doing – 6 April – Illimitable Effects of Influence

Being and Doing – 6 April – Illimitable Effects of Influence

THROUGHOUT all her novels (George Eliot’s) there prevails the idea that the effect of our deeds extends to the remotest generations, a conception which, if vividly realised, ought to induce human beings to keep the strictest watch over their actions, the consequence of such actions being, for good or for evil, everlasting.

WHENE’ER a noble deed is wrought, 

Whene’er is spoken a noble thought,

Our hearts in glad surprise 

To higher levels rise;

The tidal wave of deeper souls

Into our inmost being rolls,

And lifts us unawares

Out of all meaner cares.


No life… Can be pure in its purpose and strong in its strife And all life not be purer, and stronger thereby.



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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