Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 16 May – Small Things

Being and Doing – 16 May – Small Things

THERE is no action so slight or so mean but it may be done to a great purpose and ennobled thereby, nor is any purpose so great but that it may be helped by slight actions, and may be so done as to be helped much, most especially, the chief of all purposes, the pleasing of God.   His is not the finest authority or intelligence which cannot be troubled with small things.   There is nothing so small but that we may honour God by asking His guidance of it, or insult Him by taking it into our own hands.


EXACTNESS in little duties is a wonderful source of cheerfulness.


It matters nothing what the particular duties are to which the individual is called-how minute or obscure in their outward form.

Greatness in God’s sight lies, not in the extent of the sphere which is filled, or of the effect which is produced, but altogether in the power of virtue in the soul, in the energy with which God’s will is chosen, with which trial is borne, and goodness loved and pursued.



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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