Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 9 May – Courtesy

Being and Doing – 9 May – Courtesy

SMALL kindnesses, small courtesies, small considerations, habitually practised in our social intercourse, give a greater charm to the character than the display of great talents and accomplishments.


ANOTHER interesting point in the social life of Jesus is His courtesy.   There is, perhaps, no part of our life that is so unreal and unsatisfactory, none of which we find it so hard to give an account to ourselves, as the courtesy which we pay to one another.   And there is none which, in the life of Jesus, is more thoroughly satisfactory and perfect.   I find the secret of it in the clear perception and value of the personal life behind the class condition of which we have just been speaking.   True courtesy gets its essence from honour of the individual, while it gets its special form from consideration of the class condition.


THAT best portion of a good man’s life,

His little, nameless, unremembered, acts 

Of kindness and of love.



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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