Being and Doing – 22 May – Truth
THIS above all, to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou can’st not then be false to any man.
THINK truly, and thy thoughts
Shall the world’s famine feed;
Speak truly, and each word of thine
Shall be a fruitful seed;
Live truly, and thy life shall be
A great and noble creed.”
EVERY temptation to evil resisted and overcome – every sacrifice of worldly good or pleasure for conscience sake, makes the soul purer and stronger. It is of vast importance whether the soul, which is to live for ever, is a truthful, pure and noble soul, made strong through the conquest of many and great temptations; with affections set upon all that is good and beautiful; with conscience that clearly sees the difference between right and wrong, and a firm will, resolute to choose the right.
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.