Being and Doing – 14 May – Small Things

Being and Doing – 14 May – Small Things

IT is the small things of the world that colour the lives of those around us, and it is on persistent effort to reform these that progress depends;   and we may rest assured that they who see with greater eyes than ours have a due estimate of the service, and that if we did but perceive the mighty principles underlying these tiny things, we should rather feel awed that we are entrusted with them at all, than scornful and impatient that they are no larger.


THEREFORE, though few may praise, or help, or heed us,

Let us work on with head, or heart, or hand, 

For that we know the future ages need us;

And we must help our time to take its stand.

Each single struggle hath its far vibration, 

Working results that work results again;

Failure and death are no annihilation,

Our tears exhaled will make some future rain.



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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